Eliminate Salmonella When Cooking Poultry

In recent times, the perils of Salmonella poisoning, especially from chicken - have been mentioned so much in the media that one would‘ve expected that Salmonella infections to have reduced to zero. Unfortunately, this is not the case. For individuals who consume chicken (-or any poultry) regularly, the dangers of getting sick are far higher than average, and hundreds of people are infected by Salmonella each year.

What is Salmonella?
Salmonella is a type of food poisoning which results from a bacterium that lives in birds and other animals that is used for meat.

If you are unfortunate enough to become ill with Salmonella, the symptoms may include having a high fever, diarrhoea, vomiting and terrible stomach cramps. These symptoms typically start within 12 hours after eating the contaminated food and can last as long as 3 days. Generally, people get well naturally, but in some case it can result in hospitalisation or even death.

How do I reduce the risks of Salmonella?
Always clean your hands AND wash the chicken before you start the cooking process. The Salmonella bacteria can survive on your hands or on the hands of anybody else how has touched the poultry. Therefore, being hygienic reduces your risk of Salmonella poisoning.

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Always keep uncooked chicken separate from any other food on the kitchen counter/preparation surface.

When fixing a meal containing chicken, cross contamination is a significant hazard. To reduce the Salmonella risk, never use the same cutting utensils (knife) for raw chicken and vegetables. Additionally, use one cutting board for chicken and another for fruit and veg. If you follow these simple precautions, cooking with chicken is completely safe.

The following are a few things to consider in order to making chicken meals safer and healthier.
Nowadays, there are numerous benefits of buying free-range or organic chickens. The majority of grocery stores now sell organic and/or free-range chicken; therefore getting hold of it is easier than ever. The title, ‘free-range’ is generally better known by those seeking a healthier diet. ‘Free range’ means that chickens must have access to open air and must be allowed to walk around and eat naturally, rather than being confined to a small pen. Free range chickens typically live a less stressful life - which results in a tastier meat and a clean conscience for the consumer.

Organic chickens on the other hand are basically free range chickens that are not allowed to be fed any antibiotics, hormones or pesticides. Most people believe that both organic and free range chickens taste far better than battery-farmed chickens.
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