“The picture shows the biggest mistake you can make”
Aargau fondue chinoise tip causes a stir
Many associate fondue chinoise on Christmas Eve with enjoyment. But beware: there may also be a risk of diarrhea. The canton of Aargau provides preparation tips. But they make some people shake their heads.
This fondue chinoise picture of the canton of Aargau caused a stir on Twitter. Raw chicken and other meats on the same plate (number 1). Is the?
Fondue Chinoise is the talk of the town at Christmas. A traditional dish in many families. However, the cozy get-together is often followed by an unpleasant visit to the toilet. Intestinal problems and diarrhea set in, and the Campylobacter bacteria struck. Caused by contaminated chicken meat. How to protect against it? The Aargau Master Butchers Association and the Office for Consumer Protection provide answers that are hotly debated on Twitter.
In a long letter they give tips and tricks for problem-free chinoise enjoyment. “The most important rule is the ‘two-plate principle’: to prevent raw meat and raw meat juice from mixing with cooked meat, sauces and side dishes, it must always be served on a separate plate.” Because: “The infection is triggered by the consumption of insufficiently heated poultry meat or by food that has previously come into contact with raw poultry meat.” However, the attached image example of an optimal fondue chinoise arrangement caused a frown on social media.
Heated chicken discussion
A platter of meat can be seen on the left side of the photo. There are different types of meat on it. In the middle: poultry meat. To the astonishment of some Twitter users. One writes: “The picture shows the biggest mistake you can make. Namely put poultry with other meat on the same plate in the raw state. On “schweizerfleisch.ch” it says: “You should always serve the raw meat on a separate plate. Separate the chicken meat from the rest of the meat.» Poultry meat can often contain harmful bacteria.
And what does the canton say? «It is not a problem if different types of meat are arranged raw on a plate, as shown on the flyer. Campylobacter bacteria are mostly found in chicken, but are also found in pork, lamb or beef. The germs are killed by cooking in the boiling broth,” writes Michel Hassler, Head of Communications for the Department of Health and Social Affairs.
It is therefore crucial with Fondue Chinoise that raw meat does not come into contact with cooked meat and the side dishes.
SP-Wermuth teases against the SVP
In addition to the arrangement of the chicken on the plate, the purpose of the flyer is also questioned. The Aargau National Councilor Cedric Wermuth (36), Co-President of SP Switzerland, asks on Twitter: “The SVP-led health department explains to me how I should eat Fondue Chinoise. Including state-mandated plate arrangement. Now that’s that woke red and green nannystate, isn’t it?”
Another writes: “So that you know what you pay taxes for in Aargau.” The Office for Health and Social Affairs of SVP Councilor Jean-Pierre Gallati (56) entered into a “public-private relationship with the Aargau master butchers’ association”. The canton is not deterred by this and is sticking to its flyer including a picture. “We will not exchange anything.”