This is by no means new news, for decades my Mum, and other people I know have selectively oven cooked certain meats prior to putting them on the BBQ, but now the Government are setting some recommendations. The reason for this is twofold…1.) Chicken can have devastating effects on your body if consumed undercooked, and 2.) Chicken and sausages commonly burn on the outside before they are adequately cooked inside. The consequence of this is that people may eat large quantities of chargrilled, black meat which is a known carcinogen, and worse still, people will very possibly get food poisoning from the undercooked meat in the middle!
Therefore rising cases of people suffering from food poisoning has prompted the government to set some new recommendations on the ever popular great British BBQ. They urge people to cook the meat in the oven first, then finish it off on the coals to provide that chargrilled effect and taste. The Food Standards Agency (FDA) explains that 1 in 5 people have been ill as a result of food not being cooked properly on the BBQ, or because of poor food hygiene standards.
So next time you have a BBQ, it may be wise to heed this advice in order to minimise the risk of you or friends and family suffering from food poisoning. It is of course at your discretion, but the advice is simple and clear, and entirely up to you if you choose to take it.
The Telegraph, (2014). Cook meat in oven before barbecuing, FSA warns. Retrieved 21st August, 2014, from Discount Supplements