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Spate of suspected food poisoning cases sparks hygiene warning

Spate of suspected food poisoning cases sparks hygiene warning

Friday 12 May 2023

Spate of suspected food poisoning cases sparks hygiene warning

Friday 12 May 2023

Islanders have been reminded to follow basic food hygiene rules like washing hands and cooking food properly after a several cases of illness potentially linked to food poisoning were reported.

The departments of Public Heath and Environmental Health are asking people to follow the 'Four Cs of food safety', particularly when handling meat.

These are:


  • Wash your hands before you prepare, cook, or eat food. Take some hand sanitiser with you to a picnic or barbecue to disinfect your hands before handling food  

  • Regularly clean work surfaces, utensils, and other kitchen items  

  • You should not wash raw meat


  • Chilling food properly helps stop harmful bacteria growing  

  • Keep chilled food out of the fridge for the shortest time possible during preparation  

  • Defrost your food thoroughly before cooking it. Food should be defrosted in the fridge

Cooking your food  

  • Make sure any meat you cook is steaming hot and cooked all the way through before serving  

  • Juices should run clear when meat is cooked through  

  • Burgers should not be served rare or pink

Avoiding cross-contamination  

  • Use different utensils for raw and cooked food  

  • Wash utensils and surfaces between tasks  

  • Wash your hands after touching raw food  

Express has asked for the number of suspected food poisoning cases and is yet to receive a reply.

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