Tuesday 23 January 2018

Why you should be aware of the poultry bug Campylobacter

Use disinfectant wipes after preparing poultry
Use disinfectant wipes after preparing poultry
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Campylobacter is a form of food poisoning that affects thousands of Irish people every year, causing vomiting and diarrhoea.

It can be very dangerous for young children, older people, and anyone with a compromised immune system.

New research shows one way of reducing risk from the bug in the kitchen is to use disinfectant wipes after preparing poultry.

The research in the journal Applied Microbiology involved using antibacterial wipes on typical counter-top materials - granite, laminate and ceramic tile - to see if they reduce the risk of the cook and their family or guests ingesting harmful bacteria.

The result was a reduction in the annual risk of infection by up to 99.2pc.

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