Don’t eat raw chicken, consumers warned, after newspaper publishes recipes

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has been forced to reiterate advice to consumers to properly cook chicken, after The Mirror published an article on 9 September suggesting that some people believe raw chicken dishes are safe to eat.

The article stated that ‘if birds have been free range, kept in quality conditions, and processed in a clean environment, there’s not so much to worry about'; but this is not the case. All raw chicken is unsafe to eat, regardless of the conditions that the birds have been kept in.

Consuming raw chicken can lead to illness from campylobacter, salmonella and E coli. Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhoea, vomiting and fever. In some cases, these bugs can lead to serious conditions.

“Raw chicken is not safe to eat – it could lead to food poisoning,” the FSA said in a statement. “Chicken should always be cooked thoroughly so that it is steaming hot all the way through before serving. To check, cut into the thickest part of the meat and ensure that it is steaming hot with no pink meat and that the juices run clear.”

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