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.

Preventing Campylobacter will be the focus of Food Safety Week, organised by the FSA, which will take place between 16-22 June. A leaflet, ‘Campylobacter – from farm to fork’, published by the FSA, stated: “About four in five cases of campylobacter poisoning in the UK can be traced back to poultry meat contaminated with the bacterium. To tackle this, and reduce contamination on UK-produced chickens, the whole food chain needs to play its part.”

The FSA are asking farmers, producers and processors, as well as caterers, retailers and consumers, to be more vigilant on the spread of bacteria. A spokesperson for the FSA said: “Industry could also incentivise producers to reduce flock colonisation by rewarding those who have no, or low, levels of campylobacter infection pre-slaughter.

“Slaughterhouses and processors [are being asked] to make sure their processes minimise the levels of contamination in the birds they produce. They should include a sharpened focus on current good hygienic practices in relation to plucking, evisceration, washing and chilling processes, to ensure good hygiene is applied effectively and consistently.”

The FSA has also launched a campaign ‘Don’t Wash Your Chicken’ to coincide with ACT and Food Safety Week.

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