Food Safety – Avoid Food Poisoning

Campylobacter is the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK. You can't see it, smell it or taste it but, if it affects you, you won't forget it.

About 4 in 5 cases of campylobacter food poisoning in the UK come from contaminated poultry.

Campylobacter poisoning usually develops a few days after eating contaminated food and leads to symptoms that include abdominal pain, severe diarrhoea and, sometimes, vomiting. It can affect you forever, sparking off irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), reactive arthritis and, in rare cases, Guillain-Barré syndrome – a serious condition of the nervous system. At its worst, it can kill.

For more information visit the Food Standards Agency website here.

Here are some fact sheets which explain all about campylobacter:

Campylobacter - from farm to fork.
What it is and how it affects you.
The science behind the problem.
Campylobacter - what's the problem?