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Hygiene is key to avoid food poisoning



National Food Safety Week took place from June 7th to 13th and is an annual event held to promote the importance of good food hygiene in the home.

Approximately 5.5 million people are affected by food poisoning each year. Food poisoning is caused by a number of factors, including not cooking thoroughly and cross contamination. Another contributing factor is dirty ovens and barbecues particularly in the summer months.

Food particles stuck to the grill become charred, and research shows that charred food may contain cancer-causing agents. Plus, bacteria can also grow in those food particles. It is imperative that ovens and barbecues are properly cleaned.

Campylobacter causes the greatest number of cases of foodborne illness in the UK each year. There were about 55,000 reported cases of campylobacteriosis in the UK in 2008.

Food hygiene in the home is particularly important during the summer months, when levels of food poisoning soar. There are around 120,000 extra cases of illness recorded across the UK when the weather is warmest.

Bob Martin, a food safety expert at the FSA, said: "Avoiding cross-contamination is extremely important, that is preventing bacteria from spreading between foods and from contaminated surfaces or utensils. Never use the same chopping board for raw meat and ready-to-eat foods without washing the board and knife thoroughly first."

Ovenclean, the UK's original and most successful oven cleaning specialist uses a unique environmentally friendly cleaning system, which rids ovens and barbecues of germs.

Julian Minwalla, Chief Executive of Ovenclean, says: "The oven cleaning system that we use is 100 percent caustic free and ensures a safe, hygienic and fume-free environment meaning appliances are safe to use as soon as the cleaning job is complete.

"Having a clean oven and barbecue also ensures a better cooking experience as a clean grill means less food gets stuck when cooking. So, for a variety of reasons and to beat those bugs, it's really important to clean the grill.

"Ovenclean can remove grease, fat and burnt on carbon deposits in around two hours from ovens, hobs, microwaves, BBQs and Agas."

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