Campaign warns of food hygiene dangers in the home

Safefood has launched a new campaign to highlight common and widespread poor food hygiene practices in the home, as new research revealed that 84 per cent of people did not thoroughly wash their hands after handling raw chicken.

In addition, 72 per cent failed to properly wash a knife used in preparing raw chicken before its reuse on salad vegetables, and 56 per cent did not check if the chicken was cooked properly.

The ‘Don’t Take Risks’ campaign reinforces three golden rules: cook chicken and minced meat thoroughly until piping hot all the way through with no pink meat remaining and the juices running clear; always wash hands in warm, soapy water after handling raw meat or chicken; and always wash utensils such as knives and chopping boards thoroughly after use with raw meat and chicken and before reuse with ready to eat foods such as salads.

For more information on food safety in the home, please contact the safefood helpline on 1850 40 4567 (ROI ), or visit


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