On the 22nd November the FSA in Scotland launched a food safety awareness campaign focusing on the safe handling of vegetables. The campaign follows the E.Coli outbreak reported in the UK earlier this year, which was associated with the consumption of various types of vegetables. These outbreaks highlighted the need to alert consumers to food safety practices associated with the storage, preparation and general handling of raw vegetables and of root vegetables in particular.
For details see http://www.food.gov.uk/news/newsarchive/2011/nov/vegcampaign
Health Protection Scotland has also just published a Current Note in Weekly Report (see page 2 at http://www.documents.hps.scot.nhs.uk/ewr/pdf2011/1147.pdf) in order to share the FSA campaign details with the wider Environmental Health and Public Health community in Scotland.
See the attached document for more information and tips on storage, preparation and general handling of raw vegetables and of root vegetables in particular.