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 3Cs – clean, cook, chill.

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What is Campylobacter?

Campylobacter bacteria can easily spread around the kitchen from raw meat to surfaces and other foods. This can make you sick unless you use good food safety practices.

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 food poisoning

Remember the 3Cs. Clean, cook, chill will prevent your family from becoming ill from Campylobacter food poisoning.


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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.

Find more cleaning tips



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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.

More tips about keeping food chill

Cooking food safely on a barbecue

Bacteria on food can multiply much faster in warm weather.

Find out how to barbecue food safely

Food safety during pregnancy

When you're pregnant your levels of immunity are lower than usual, so you're more at risk of getting diseases carried by food.

Find out how to prepare food safely during pregnancy

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