Is it Safe to Eat Food Past its Best-Before or Use-by Date? Recently there has been quite a bit in the news about whether it is safe to eat food that has gone past its best-before or use-by date, and even more worrying, food being retrieved from skips and bins to eat. So what are […]
The 5 Second Rule: should you eat food if it drops on the floor? Recent research by has hit the press this week, reported as concluding that bacteria may not transfer quickly to some foods when dropped on the floor, and therefore the 5 second rule may apply. I carried out an experiment and put some special […]
Every day people ask me the question about whether we are too clean. My first answer is that if we were too clean, then 17 million people in this country would not get an infectious intestinal disease every year! 280,000 people suffer from Campylobacter alone, and 300 people a year die from this.
How Clean is your Car? Recent research by microbiologists at the University of Salford found higher levels of microbes on surfaces in cars than on keyboards and smartphone screens – but conversely a study carried out by Sellcar.co.uk found that most people think their cars are much cleaner than these everyday objects. So what’s the problem?
There are estimated to be 280,000 cases of Campylobacter every year and on average 110 deaths. The Food Standards Agency reckons that this means that around one third of us in the UK will suffer from the disease at some point in our lives. Four out of five cases are associated with chicken.
Campylobacter is still number one when it comes to bacterial food poisoning in the UK. It is estimated that every year around 280,000 people suffer from this disease, and on average there are 110 deaths – which works out at about one every three days.