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FSA Study Supports EFSA Findings on Campylobacter

by 5m Editor
10 February 2010, at 10:57am

UK - The Food Safety Agency (FSA) has told ThePoultrySite that the recent EFSA report confirms its own findings about the levels of campylobacter on chicken.

A spokesman from the FSA added that one of the main priorities of the new FSA Strategy 2010-15 is to reduce food-borne disease using a targeted approach and therefore tackling Campylobacter in chicken is a priority. To achieve this outcome a Campylobacter risk management programme is being developed. A key component of this programme will be to engage and work with a range of stakeholders throughout the food chain to effect change.

The FSA will be hosting an international meeting on Campylobacter in March 2010 to learn from the experiences of other countries that have successfully reduced Campylobacter in chicken. This will aid the FSA in identifying effective interventions to control Campylobacter in the poultry chain that could be implemented in partnership with the UK poultry industry and UK retailers.

The Chief Executive of FSA has written to all of the major UK retailers in December 2009 to seek their assistance in tackling Campylobacter, which is the largest cause of foodborne illness, concluded the FSA spokesperson.

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