Students clean up with safefood

9 March, 2005. A number of Irish students will be cleaning up this year, courtesy of safefood, the Food Safety Promotion Board.

Claire Doyle and Cathal O Concubhair, Trinity College; Eoin O’Donnell and Patrick Quill, UCC; Brendan Green, UCD; David Hoey, NUI Galway; Diarmuid Sheehan, UL; Deirdre Moran and Alan Parke from DCU, have each won the services of a professional cleaner for their student accommodation during 2005.

These nine students are the winners of an all-island university campus competition run by safefood to raise awareness of the dangers lurking in students’ kitchens. However, the hunt for Ireland’s dirtiest student kitchen revealed some unusual findings.

Martin Higgins, Chief Executive of safefood explains: ‘Our scientific analysis highlighted that it wasn’t always the most obviously ‘dirty’ kitchens that posed the biggest threats. In many cases the dirtiest places were those we might expect to be clean, the cleaning cloth being the main culprit. Other areas we would urge students to pay particular attention to are inside their microwaves, and their food preparation areas.”

safefood presented all the participating student homes with a basic survival kit and guidelines on how to minimise their risk of food poisoning.

safefood ’s innovative college campaign combined online activity, direct marketing and student campus activation, all designed to help students realise that sticking to the basic food safety principles can only improve their college experience.

Further information on those principles can be found on safefood’s website, or by contacting their helpline on 1850 404567.

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For further information, please contact

Sharon Murphy/ Nora Lawton  
Tel: 01-6690030    

Fiona Gilligan
Tel: 01-4480600

Editor’s Notes

Judging for safefood’s student competition was based on swabs taken from students’ sinks, cloths, ovens and preparation surfaces as well as visual assessment of general cleanliness, waste disposal, microwave and grill tray. The fridge temperature was also considered.

To request an interview with Fiona Gilligan, Consumer Services Manager, safefood, or with one of the winners, please contact Sharon Murphy or Nora Lawton, WHPR, Tel: 01-6690030.