Food Standards Agency warns public of burger food poisoning risk

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The FSA (Food Standards Agency) has warned the UK public that they could be at risk of food poisoning from under cooked burgers this Bank Holiday weekend.

Their rather “tasty” research has revealed that despite 71% of people stating they were concerned about food poisoning, more than a quarter, (28%) would eat a burger that isn’t fully cooked through. The research also revealed that nearly a third of people surveyed in Wales incorrectly believe that eating a rare burger is the same as a rare steak when it comes to the risk of food poisoning.

Policy Director at the FSA said, “It’s important that people realise that burgers are not like steak. Harmful bacteria can be carried on the surface of cuts of meat. When a rare steak is seared these bacteria are killed, but burger meat is minced so bacteria from the surface of the raw meat gets mixed all the way through the burger. These bacteria can remain alive on the inside, unless the burger is fully cooked through, no matter how good quality and expensive the meat.”

A burger is not a Steak

The FSA is encouraging all those planning on using a BBQ this weekend to make sure they cook their burgers all the way through. This , until steaming hot throughout, with no pink meat in the middle. They’ve posted a handy guide on their website to help you cook your burgers correctly.

Check out their clever little video below. It’s safe to say we’ve been put off burgers for life!

For more information on food safety check out our How to Prevent Food Poisoning Page

Image Source and thanks to the FSA website – link above

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