News 1984 views update:Mar 9, 2016

More cases of campylobacter in the UK

Despite a concerted effort by the poultry industry and the food safety authorities against campylobacter in chicken, the number of people infected by the disease is actually on the rise.

According to Public Health England, the number of people infected in England and Wales in the first 35 weeks of this year was 42,147 compared with 41,083 for the same period last year.

¾ of UK chicken tested positive for campylobacter

Campylobacter is still the biggest cause of food poisoning in the UK. The Food Standard Agency is leading an intensive campaign to make chicken safer after it found that almost three quarters of chicken sold in the UK tested positive for the pathogen.

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Projects to reduce chicken contamination

A number of producers including 2 Sisters Food Group and Bernard Matthews have announced projects to reduce the contamination of their chicken. Earlier this year, the FSA also 'named and shamed' retailers with the highest rate of contamination. The agency will publish the result of its next survey in November.

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