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Food Standards Agency advises people not to eat raw chicken
The FSA says that all raw chicken is unsafe to eat, regardless of the conditions that the birds have been kept in.

Celebrity chef suggests that it is safe to eat

The Food Standards Agency has advised the public not to eat raw chicken following an article in the Mirror that implies it is safe to eat.

The article features a tweet by celebrity chef Marc Murphy advocating chicken sashimi - a dish often referred to as chicken tartare.

Popular in Japan, chicken sashimi consists of thinly sliced raw chicken that is seared or broiled for around 10 seconds before being served.

In a statement, the FSA said: “Following an article in The Mirror (9 September) which suggests that some people believe that raw chicken dishes are safe to eat, we are reiterating our advice not to eat raw chicken.

“Raw chicken is not safe to eat – it could lead to food poisoning. Chicken should always be cooked thoroughly so that it is steaming hot all the way through before serving. To check, cut into the thickest part of the meat and ensure that it is steaming hot with no pink meat and that the juices run clear.”

The Mirror article suggests that ‘if birds have been free range, kept in quality conditions, and processed in a clean environment, there’s not so much to worry about’. But the FSA argues this is not the case.

“All raw chicken is unsafe to eat, regardless of the conditions that the birds have been kept in,” the statement continued. “Consuming raw chicken can lead to illness from campylobacter, salmonella and E coli. Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhoea, vomiting and fever. In some cases, these bugs can lead to serious conditions.”

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Campaign highlights ‘devastating impact’ of smoking around pets

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 Leading vet charity PDSA has launched a campaign highlighting the ‘devastating impact’ that smoking can have on pets. The launch coincides with National No Smoking Day (14 March 2018) and aims to raise awareness of the risks of passive smoking and how to keep pets safe.

“Recent studies highlight that this is a really serious issue, and we want pet owners to know that they can make a real difference by simply choosing to smoke outdoors away from their pets,” said PDSA vet Olivia Anderson-Nathan. “We want pet owners to realise that, if they smoke, their pets smoke too.”  

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Eligible veterinary surgeons can now vote in this year’s RCVS Council elections. Four out of the 10 candidates are already on council and are standing for re-election: David Catlow, Mandisa Greene, Neil Smith, Susan Paterson. The remaining six candidates are not currently on council: John C Davies, Karlien Heyman, John Innes, Thomas Lonsdale, Matthew Plumtree and Iain Richards.

Further information on the candidates can be found on the RCVS website: