Clean, cook, chill

Every year around 200,000 kiwis get food poisoning. Around half these cases occur in homes just like yours. Campylobacter food poisoning is the most common cause.

You can stop your family from becoming ill by following the three Cs – clean, cook, chill.

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What is Campylobacter?

Campylobacter bacteria can easily spread around the kitchen from raw meat when you take it out of its packaging and start preparing a meal. Bacteria can quickly multiply to levels that will make you sick unless you stop it from growing.

Symptoms of Campylobacter poisoning include:

  • headaches and fever
  • diarrhoea
  • abdominal cramps or pain
  • muscle pain.

If you or your family is suffering from these symptoms, you must see your doctor.

Preventing Campylobacter food poisoning

Remember the three Cs:

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Before you prepare food and after handling raw meat:

  • wash hands, chopping boards, dishes, and utensils (like knives) in hot, soapy water
  • dry them properly. Preferably air dry and not with a towel.


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  • Cook food (especially chicken and mince) thoroughly all the way through until the juices run clear.
  • Reheat until hot. (Warm does not kill bacteria. Hot does.) 

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To stop bacteria contaminating or growing in your food:

  • cover and put in the fridge
  • keep cooked and raw food separate
  • don't leave food out. Refrigerate within 2 hours or bin it. If in doubt – throw it out.

Clean, cook, chill will prevent your family from becoming ill from Campylobacter food poisoning.

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