Germ-free into the new year: RKI warns against raclette and fondue

Raclette and fondue are particularly popular at Christmas and New Year’s Eve. But the delicious meat dishes harbor dangers with bad consequences, especially when chicken meat is involved. The Robert Koch Institute urges caution on New Year’s Eve!

If you want to avoid severe  food poisoning  and  diarrhea  on New Year’s Day, you should avoid chicken in fondue and raclette or pay attention to a few points.

High risk of infection with fondue and raclette

The Robert Koch Institute warns of bacterial Campylobacter infections on the holidays. The pathogens are mainly found on raw meat, especially chicken.

Especially with raclette and fondue, the germs can be passed on from the meat to other foods, such as salads or vegetables. The meat is often grabbed with the hands or kitchen utensils, which in turn come into contact with other foods.

Consumers should therefore pay attention to the following points:

  • Thorough washing and cleaning of hands, especially after preparing meat
  • conscious and strict separation of food and the associated kitchen utensils
  • Consistent and thorough cleaning of knives and other cutlery

If you don’t want to do without chicken for fondue or raclette, you should heat it up particularly well and let it roast a little longer.

It is also advisable to cool the meat for as long as possible and only prepare it for the actual meal.

How dangerous is Campylobacter?

Campylobacter are bacteria responsible for contagious diarrheal diseases. They live in the  digestive tract  of animals without the animals themselves suffering from any symptoms. People can become infected with the bacteria in different ways, a common reason is contact with infected food:

  • insufficiently heated poultry meat
  • Raw milk and other raw milk products
  • raw to undercooked ground beef
  • fresh raw sausage
  • contaminated water, for example from wells

A disease usually manifests itself with the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • headache and muscle pain
  • severe abdominal pain and cramps
  • nausea
  • Diarrhea

As a rule, an illness lasts about a week as long as it occurs without serious complications. These can be rheumatic joint or meningitis as well as neurological complications.

For a New Year’s Eve without bad consequences, the hygiene rules listed should therefore be followed. So nothing stands in the way of a good start into the new year.


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