North Lanarkshire Council is supporting Food Standards Scotland’s safety campaign: ‘Nothing spoils summer like pink chicken’.
This is in response to evidence which shows that increases in barbecuing and chicken purchase and consumption over the summer months coincide with peaks in Campylobacter infection, which is the most common form of food poisoning in Scotland.
FSS highlighted that there are more than 6,000 reported Campylobacter cases in Scotland each year and research has shown that 60-80 per cent of infections can be attributed to a chicken source.
The council is encouraging people to check that chicken is properly cooked to ensure they, their friends and family, don’t come down with food poisoning.
Councillor Michael McPake, convener of the council’s Environmental Services Committee, said: “Food poisoning can really spoil summer but there are some simple ways of reducing the risks of getting ill, which is why we’re getting behind this campaign.
“Always make sure there’s no pink meat in the chicken, the juices run clear and it’s cooked to 75°C. Watch out for that pink chicken!”