Tesco cuts campylobacter in fresh chickens

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

According to the retailer, campylobacter at the highest incident level has fallen to 7% in the final quarter of 2014/15, compared to almost 9% for the previous quarter.

As it stands, Tesco is on course to meet the target it set itself last summer, which will deliver a reduction in the presence of campylobacter at the highest level in at least 95% of chickens by 2017.

Tim Smith, Tesco’s group quality director, said: “Providing high quality and safe food for our customers is always our absolute priority. It has long been our commitment to reduce levels of campylobacter in our poultry and we are now seeing real progress at all stages of the supply chain and we are confident that we will meet our industry leading target next year.

“With 93% of our chickens now testing negative for the highest levels of campylobacter, our customers can be confident of the quality and safety of the poultry we sell in our stores. The latest results are testament to the hard work of our suppliers and clearly demonstrate our ambition to remain at the forefront of any developments to improve the quality and safety of our chicken.”

To help cut campylobacter, Tesco has introduced a number of interventions including being one of the first retailers to use robust leak-proof packaging for all raw poultry, which also contains customer information on safe food handling and cooking instructions.

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