Food Safety Week
Food Safety Week is an annual event held to promote the importance of good food hygiene in the home.
This year, Food Safety Week will take place from 7-13 June and will focus on the most important actions associated with preventing campylobacter:
- cooking thoroughly
- avoiding cross-contamination
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 but we are aware that many more cases go unreported – the realistic number of cases is more likely to be closer to 375,000 each year.
For Food Safety Week 2010, we have developed new campaign guidance, which contains lots of information to help our FSW partners to run successful events, including useful facts and figures, ideas and guidance on running events. See the Food Safety Week 2010 link below.
The Agency already has a range of 'GermWatch' materials available to help you during Food Safety Week, which are listed on the resources page at the link below. Details of previous campaigns are also available at the links below.
The Food Safety Week theme supports the Agency’s Strategy 2010-2015, which identifies reducing foodborne disease, particularly tackling campylobacter in chicken, as a key priority. During 2010, the Agency will be developing a new campylobacter risk management programme. Although this new programme is expected to involve extensive work with industry to reduce the prevalence of campylobacter in UK-produced retail chicken, the promotion of messages about good food hygiene to consumers through initiatives such as Food Safety Week will remain an important factor in reducing human campylobacter infections.