FSA board discusses Campylobacter
The recent UK FSA's meeting included a progress report
on food safety, highlighting achievements as well as areas of concern, such as
rising rates of Campylobacter in poultry.
A major issue at the UK Food Standards Agency's meeting was foodbourne
pathogens, including the latest figures on campylobacter in poultry
Campylobacter in chicken flocks
There are concerns that the Agency interventions in partnership with the
poultry industry may not deliver the strategic plan targets of 50% reductions in
campylobacter in poultry.
A separate paper will be presented to the Board meeting concerning this
disease in chickens. It is noted that although there has been a reduction in
contamination levels in chicken at retail, there is currently a high prevalence
The agency is presently gathering evidence for new interventions to try and
accelerate the rate of reduction.
The development of a new tool to measure slaughterhouse hygiene, originally
aimed at providing a tool for slaughterhouse operators to identify what they
could do better to reduce contamination by human pathogens, has taken longer
The agency now says it hopes to develop a new way of measuring
slaughterhouse hygiene by the end of 2009. This is aimed at helping operators
identify effective controls and inform the negotiation of more risk-based EU
meat hygiene Regulations.
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