Campylobacter 'Found In More Than Half Of UK Chicken'

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Campylobacter, a bug that can cause stomach upsets, vomiting and diarrhoea, is found in up to 59% of the fresh chicken products sold in the UK, according to the preliminary results of a Food Standards Agency (FSA) survey.

The Guardian reports that supermarkets are continuing to sell chicken products to consumers even though they have tested positive for high levels of the bacteria.

Public Health England officials have accused the poultry industry of avoiding taking action to keep the price of meat low, and is calling for more robust legislation to tackle the problem.

Dr Frieda Jorgensen of Public Health England said bad flock-thinning practices within the industry are enabling the spread of campylobacter. She recommended freezing chickens that are found to be carriers, which can reduce contamination levels by up to 90 per cent.

"The quickest way to tackle campylobacter is for the food industry to take voluntary action," the Guardian reports an FSA spokesman as saying.

"We are looking to retailers and their suppliers to introduce a range of actions now to help reduce the risks to the public from campylobacter, which is currently the biggest cause of food poisoning in the UK."

Expert Opinion
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