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An online survey of 4,500 UK adults by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) found 44% washed chicken before cooking.

But it warns this spreads campylobacter bacteria onto hands, work surfaces, clothing and cooking equipment, through the splashing of water droplets.

Campylobacter affects about 280,000 people in the UK each year but only 28% in the FSA survey had heard of it.

Only a third of them knew that poultry was the main source of the bacteria.
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However 90% had heard of salmonella and E. coli.

The most commonly cited reasons for washing chicken were to remove dirt or germs, or because they had always done it.
Cross-contamination

Campylobacter is the most common form of food poisoning in the UK.

The majority of cases come from contaminated poultry.

Symptoms include diarrhoea, stomach pains and cramps, fever, and generally feeling unwell.

Most people are only ill for a few days, but it can lead to long-term health problems, including irritable bowel syndrome and Guillain-Barre syndrome, a serious condition of the nervous system.
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Chicken preparation advice

    Cover and chill raw chicken
    Store it at the bottom of the fridge to prevent juices dripping onto other foods
    Don’t wash raw chicken
    Thoroughly wash all utensils, chopping boards and surfaces used while preparing raw chicken
    Cook chicken thoroughly – there should be no pink meat and juices should run clear

It can also kill. Those most at risk are children under five and older people.

FSA chief executive Catherine Brown said: “Although people tend to follow recommended practice when handling poultry, such as washing hands after touching raw chicken and making sure it is thoroughly cooked, our research has found that washing raw chicken is also common practice.

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BMW 6 series Gran Coupe

Still very much one of the high points of the automobile calendar, the Geneva Motor Show gives manufacturers a chance to show off new models and present the odd daring new concept.

BMW 6 series Gran Coupe

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The BMW 6 series Gran Coupe
BMW’s first ever four-door coupe joins a growing market that already features Audi’s A7 and the Mercedes-Benz CLS. The Gran Coupe is 22cm longer than the standard coupe with a larger wheelbase, all in the aim of creating more leg room for passengers in the rear. There will be three engines to choose from: two six cylinders and the top-of-the-range 4.4 litre V8, which will do 0-60mph in just over four seconds. There are a number of extras available, including a Bang & Olufsen High-End Surround Sound System with 16 speakers, while the list of driver-assisting gadgets (parking assistant, night vision, lane departure warning system, to name but a few) may leave you wondering what you actually need to do yourself.
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Range Rover Evoque Cabrio (concept)

Range Rover’s sporty-looking Evoque has proved popular since its release last year, but it seems the company is already planning something even more different with this cabrio concept. It’s strongly based on the three-door Evoque, with a folding soft roof to avoid excess weight. “We believe the Evoque lends itself beautifully to the idea of a convertible,” commented Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director, but the lack of roof leaves the concept looking somewhat squat and overly wide, especially as the sloping roof is one of the Evoque’s most eye-catching features. The jury is still out, and expect Range Rover to continue to canvas opinion during the coming months with an eye on entering production in a couple of years.
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