Recent research showed that consumers were taking actions at the grocery store and at home that increased their risk of foodborne illness from raw poultry. Based on this research the non-profit Partnership for Food Safety Education created the Don’t Wing It campaign to support consumers in their efforts to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.
Contaminated food sickens nearly 48 million people in the United States every year—that’s 1 in 6. In 2014, chicken was linked to 23 outbreaks, and is the food category responsible for the second-largest number of foodborne illnesses.
Salmonella and Campylobacter are two common germs that can cause foodborne illness. Children and seniors are particularly susceptible to the dangers of food contaminated with bacteria.
It’s essential that parents and seniors pay close attention to proper food handling and hand washing when preparing poultry.