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By Tim Sandle     Aug 23, 2014 in Health
The Food Standards Agency in the U.K. has issued a warning about barbecued food and the risks of food poisoning. The Agency recommends that food should be pre-cooked in an oven first.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said that food poisoning is a significant danger associated with outdoor cooking. This draws on a survey where an astounding 94 percent of people polled in the U.K. admitted to at least one bad barbecue habit.
The survey was of 2,030 adults. Highlights from the survey, as noted by The Daily Telegraph, include the finding that 21 percent of respondents said they believed they had been ill due to something they ate. Furthermore, nearly a third admitted to not checking if food is properly cooked before they eat it. The survey also revealed that one quarter of those who described themselves as the main cook at a barbecue did not usually cook at home. To add to this, one in five admitted to not keeping raw and cooked meat on separate plates, and more than half risked cross-contamination by using the same tongs throughout the process.
The FSA warned that food hygiene risks could lead to illnesses like Campylobacter, which affects more than a quarter of a million people every year. To help those who enjoy the charcoal burn of cindering meat, the FSA has issued advice. Among the tips is a recommendation to to pre-cook food before putting it on the grill. The Agency also warned that "charred doesn't mean cooked," that meat should be steaming hot throughout — not pink — and any meat juices and animal blood should run clear.
In further advice, the FSA warned that disposable barbecues take longer to cook food, that raw meat should be stored and handled separately, and raw chicken should not be washed as it splashes germs around.
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