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Retailers make commitment in campylobacter transparency

Nine of the top retailers have made a commitment to publish their own results on campylobacter on consumer websites.

What actions can supermarkets take to avoid product recalls?

Retailers have been warned not to grow complacent after figures showed a decrease in instances of campylobacter. 

Tesco recalls chicken salad over campylobacter fears

Superstore Tesco has issued a recall notice for two of its chicken salad products as they have been found to contain campylobacter. 

Innovation introduction to reduce campylobacter contamination

Air Products has introduced a new rapid chilling system, designed to further decrease the contamination of campylobacter for poultry processors. 

How consumer demand is helping poultry take flight

It has been a difficult few years for the reputation of the poultry market. Avian Influenza (AI) has been plaguing the sector and campylobacter in chicken has been a hot news story. 

University study identifies campylobacter preventative measures

A three-year study into the factors influencing campylobacter in chicken broiler houses has been published by the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences. 

Faccenda suffers profit dip amid export and wholesale struggles

Faccenda Foods revealed a 30% drop in full-year operating profit amid price deflation in export and wholesale markets, currency exchange troubles and fierce retail competition in its latest set of annual results. 

Intertek receives testing accreditation

Total quality assurance provider Intertek Food Services has again been accredited by UKAS to the International Standard (ISO 17025) required to ensure high-quality microbiological and chemical food and water testing, including overall Quality Assurance, from its Stoke and Derby laboratories.

‘Pink’ chicken livers putting consumers at campylobacter risk

A trend towards serving chicken livers rare, or ‘pink’, is increasing the threat level of campylobacter, which is responsible for more than 280,000 cases of food poisoning a year according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA). 

AIMS rubbishes FSA campylobacter claims

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has continued to apply pressure to the Food Standards Agency, saying it has continued to “undermine the meat processing sector”. 

Meat industry faces rush to cut campylobacter

Supermarkets could lose half their customers to rival retailers for stocking above-average quantities of chicken at ‘high risk’ of campylobacter contamination, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) reports. 

2 Sisters Food Group
The investment is part of a £150m poultry investment programme revealed in October last year
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2 Sisters' Scunthorpe poultry plant in £45m investment

2 Sisters Food Group has announced a £45m investment in its poultry plant in Scunthorpe, which it claims will create the "world's most advanced poultry plant".

Parkside takes on campylobacter with new packaging

Packaging manufacturer Parkside has developed a new range of poultry packaging with antimicrobial technology that reduces the growth of bacteria, such as campylobacter. 

Food Standards Scotland launches Pink Chicken BBQ Food Safety Campaign

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched its Summer BBQ food safety campaign: ‘Nothing spoils summer like Pink Chicken’. 

Campylobacter down in poultry, says survey

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has shown there has been a decrease in both the number of birds with campylobacter on them and those with the highest level of contamination compared to the equivalent quarter last year.

Combatting campylobacter: More work to be done

Our sister title Food Manufacture held a panel discussion on campylobacter during Foodex about the scale of the issue. 

British Poultry Council chief executive steps down

Andrew Large, chief executive of the British Poultry Council (BPC), left his post on Saturday 30 April, after serving in the position since May 2013. 

Neck skin removal leads to campylobacter testing suspension

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is to suspend its campylobacter testing programme, due to unreliable data caused by the increasing practice by retailers of removing neck skin on birds. 

FSA sets out new campylobacter goals

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has set out new targets for tackling campylobacter, including a focus on transparency and smaller processors. 

Further reductions of campylobacter found in poultry

Results published today by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) revealed further decreases of the presence of campylobacter in fresh shop-bought chickens.

Tesco cuts campylobacter in fresh chickens

Tesco has revealed a further reduction of levels of campylobacter in its fresh chickens. 

Faccenda Foods reported a solid financial year
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Faccenda Foods reports solid financial results

Poultry producer Faccenda Foods has filed annual results for the 2014/15 financial year, reflecting solid business. 

2015: A year in review

Our month-by-month look at what has happened in the meat industry over the past year.

2 Sisters optimistic despite sales drop

Boparan Holdings, parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group, is remaining optimistic despite seeing a total sales drop for the first quarter of 2015/2016. 

RSPCA bans chicken ‘thinning’ for Assured label

The RSPCA has banned the use of ‘thinning’ in chickens, claiming it will help fight campylobacter, as well as ensure the welfare of the birds.

FSA reveals latest campylobacter results

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed a decrease in the highest band of campylobacter in birds from July to September of this year, compared to the same time period in 2014. 

Tesco on course for campylobacter reduction target

Supermarket chain Tesco has revealed it has driven down campylobacter at the highest level in its fresh chickens to less than 9%.

Cutting, slicing and dicing feature: A cut above

Whether a major processor or independent, butchers are having to cut meat to satisfy changing consumer demands.

Intertek's new facility will help poultry processors tackle campylobacter
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Intertek to help processors take on campylobacter

Product testing company Intertek has unveiled a new campylobacter facility. 

Campylobacter: A work in progress

Progress has been made on campylobacter by all parties but there is more to do. Aidan Fortune looks at the ongoing battle against the superbug. 

Making a monster of campylobacter

Richard Griffiths"He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee." When Nietzsche made this statement he was talking about how we are manipulated by the language and morality we have inherited, in which we unthinkingly create our own fears.

Cargill takes steps to tackle campylobacter

Global food provider Cargill has unveiled plans to introduce the new SonoSteam technology to its main chicken processing site in the UK. The innovative piece of technology is part of the company’s farm-to-fork action plan designed to tackle campylobacter.

Poultry companies team up to tackle campylobacter

Two UK companies have announced a partnership aimed at developing a feed additive for poultry to reduce levels of campylobacter in chickens. 

British barbecue hygiene at a dangerous level

The British barbecue season may be a time to relax, but research has shown that hygiene levels could be a cause for concern.

Tesco makes bold campylobacter promise

Tesco has pledged to further reduce levels of campylobacter in its fresh chickens.

Supermarkets pledge to do more to cut campylobacter

Multiple retailers have set out plans to reduce the levels of campylobacter found in its chickens. 

FSA finds campylobacter in 73% of chickens

Campylobacter has been found in 73% of fresh chickens, a Food Standards Agency (FSA) survey has revealed. 

Progress at Asda supplier leads to Sonostream roll-out to combat campylobacter

Asda is rolling out the use of a steam process at the plants that supply it with chicken, after a trial found it dramatically reduced levels of campylobacter. 

Campylobacter webinar gets to heart of the bug

A successful ‘Cracking down on Campy’ webinar, a joint project between MTJ and the Food Standards Agency (FSA), saw a range of experts discuss what the industry is doing, and needs to do, to combat the bacteria. A recording of the webinar can still be accessed by following the link at the bottom of the story.

Sign up for today’s exclusive campylobacter webinar

There is still time to register for today’s (18 March 2015) webinar: Cracking down on Campy – what should the industry be doing?

MEP calls for EU limits on campylobacter

In the wake of the release of the latest results from the FSA campylobacter survey, a Liberal Democrat MEP has called on EU limits to be set for levels of the bacteria in poultry meat.

FSA reveals latest campylobacter results

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published the latest results from its year-long survey into campylobacter, showing 73% of retailed raw chicken tested positive for the bug.

MTJ links with FSA to stage online campylobacter forum

The poultry sector is being given the opportunity to get online in a bid to get to grips with the problems of campylobacter and take part in a unique new webinar.

FSA launches e-newsletter on campylobacter

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched an Acting on Campylobacter Together (ACT) e-newsletter.

Campylobacter campaign launched

Lurking unseen in fridges throughout the country, campylobacter has become the number one source of food poisoning in the UK. Yet from a consumer perspective it is relatively unknown.

Poultry sales see negligible effect from campylobacter coverage

While fresh whole chicken volumes are down, popular fresh cuts are still buoyant, suggesting that media focus on campylobacter has not put consumers off buying poultry.

Campylobacter bug stabilises in Europe

Despite the headlines in the UK, the amount of illness caused by campylobacter has stabilised, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Which? takes further action on campylobacter

Consumer watchdog Which? has re-energised it’s campylobacter campaign with a written letter to seven major supermarkets asking them to publicise the action they are taking against “scandalously” high levels of the bug in retail chicken.

Campylobacter scare causes drop in chicken sales

Year-on-year sales of whole chickens dropped in the 12 weeks ending 7 December, prompting speculation that consumers are buying less due to the campylobacter scare.

Farming minister accused of complacency on campylobacter

Food and farming minster Minister George Eustice has been branded a “mouthpiece for poisoners” by a Labour MP as the campylobacter debate reaches the Commons.

Bagley blog reacts to campylobacter results

In the wake of the FSA's latest quarterly campylobacter survey results, the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers' (AIMS) Norman Bagley gives his reaction in our latest blog post.

Campylobacter – after the storm

norman bagleyI get the impression that, before releasing the campylobacter poultry meat supermarket statistics to an expectant world, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) looked over the parapet and had a slight change of heart. It was as if it had suddenly realised that it was set up to prevent food scares by scientifically assessing and communicating food-related risks, not to start hares running.

Consumers urged to ditch supermarket chicken after campylobacter results

A former government advisor and leading food expert has called for a boycott on supermarket chicken following yesterday’s campylobacter results.

FSA names and shames retailers in chicken campylobacter study

Seventy per cent of retailed raw chicken is infected with campylobacter, with none of Britain’s biggest supermarkets meeting end-of-line production targets.

Which? survey reveals consumer concern on campylobacter

Six in 10 consumers are concerned about high levels of campylobacter in chicken, according to a survey by retail magazine, Which?

Industry awaits ‘name and shame’ campylobacter results

Retailers are bracing themselves ahead of the release of the next quarterly FSA campylobacter survey results tomorrow, which will ‘name and shame’ poor performers.

Campylobacter website launched for consumers

A new consumer website which offers advice on preventing campylobacter has been launched by poultry bodies.

Co-op tackles bacteria with new roast-in-the-bag initiative

The Co-operative has announced plans to change to ‘roast-in-the-bag’ packaging for all of its whole chickens to reduce the instances of campylobacter.

Research reveals ‘chicken juice’ influence on campylobacter

Liquid released from chicken carcases helps spread campylobacter, scientists have found in new research.

Faccenda embarks on campylobacter prevention trials

Poultry processor Faccenda Foods is launching full-scale trials of the campylobacter prevention technology SonoSteam, it has announced.

New chair for campylobacter working group

Richard MacDonald CBE has been appointed the new chair of the Joint Working Group on Campylobacter as the project heads into its second stage.

EXCLUSIVE: Poultry sector raises safety concerns over TTIP

Members of the UK poultry industry are concerned that trade negotiations under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US could undermine food safety.

Chilling technology could solve campylobacter issue, claims Bernard Matthews

Bernard Matthews’ rapid surface chilling technology could be the answer to the poultry industry’s campylobacter problem, but retailers are hesitant to adopt it, due to cost.

Industry needs support on campylobacter, claims AIMS conference speaker

Addressing food hygiene issues, such as campylobacter, and frustrations with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) were just two of the topics discussed at the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) annual conference.

FSA to name and shame in November campylobacter update

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said it will name and shame retailers as part of its next set of campylobacter survey results in November.

FSA publishes figures on campylobacter

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its report into the prevalence of campylobacter in fresh chicken.

2 Sisters reports positive outcome on hygiene audits

2 Sisters has reported that, in the wake of the recent scandal, Food Standards Agency (FSA) audits of two of its factories have returned positive results.

Chicken scandal update: Health secretary orders factory probe

The secretary for health Jeremy Hunt has stepped into the chicken factory food safety scandal and ordered an immediate investigation at two 2 Sisters Food Group plants at Llangefni and Scunthorpe.

FSA backs down from campylobacter name and shame

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has done a U-turn over naming and shaming retailers and processors using results from a major campylobacter survey.

Poultry giants deny whistleblower hygiene claims

The 2 Sisters Food Group has called allegations printed in The Guardian about campylobacter failings “untrue, misleading and inaccurate”.

Moy Park takes proactive role on campylobacter

Moy Park has made a £1m investment into campylobacter research, to help the poultry industry combat the bacterium.

FSA launches campylobacter campaign aimed at poultry supply chain

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a campaign, Acting on Campylobacter Together (ACT), to get the poultry supply chain to work together to combat the bacterium.

Industry looks towards change in meat inspection system

Speaking at the Eblex Processor Conference last week, representatives from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and a leading farm animal diagnostics company emphasised the need to move away from traditional meat inspection, and towards a modern visual system.

Measures to reduce levels of campylobacter stepped up

A host of industry associations have committed to implement practical measures to help combat the issue of campylobacter in raw poultry meat.

NFU advisor concerned about poultry overproduction

Speaking to MTJ after the AHDB Outlook Conference on Wednesday 12 February, national poultry advisor Christopher Dickinson said it was vital not to get into a state of poultry overproduction.

2 Sisters to hold workshops to combat campylobacter

In line with a national £4m initiative to reduce the risk of campylobacter, 2 Sisters has announced that it will hold 20 biosecurity workshops from the beginning of February to communicate best practice. 

Research could solve campylobacter problem

Experts at the University of Nottingham have found that campylobacter uses a particular set of sugar-coated bacterial molecules to colonise and disperse – a discovery that might prevent the spread of gastroenteritis.

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