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UK’s Food Standards Agency Publishes Revised Meat Industry Guidance

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A newly revised 20-chapter version of Meat Industry Guidance has been published across the pond by the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA). The product is the work of a panel of government and industry representatives and was written to clarify legal requirements, provide useful tips, and teach good practice principles. FSA says its new Meat Industry… Continue Reading

UK Retailer Sets Aggressive Targets for Campylobacter Reduction in Chicken

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Tesco has made some of the strongest progress among U.K. retailers with regard to reducing Campylobacter levels in store-bought chicken — currently a major problem in the country, where 73 percent of chicken sold in stores is contaminated with the bacteria. Despite its progress, the company is making continued pledges to reduce Campylobacter rates and is now setting… Continue Reading

Current UK Controls on Raw Milk Found Sufficient

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The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the United Kingdom has decided to keep current restrictions on the sale of raw milk in place. It is legal in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland to supply raw or unpasteurized milk directly to consumers, but it may not be sold at retail or through supermarkets. FSA decided against… Continue Reading

Year-Long Survey Finds Campylobacter on 73 Percent of UK Chicken

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After a year of testing store-bought chicken in the United Kingdom for Campylobacter, the Food Standards Agency there has published the results — and they’re pretty dismal. More than 4,000 samples of fresh whole chilled chickens and packaging were collected between February 2014 and February 2015, and 73 percent of the chickens tested positive for the… Continue Reading

FSA: 280,000 Sickened With Campylobacter in the UK Last Year

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An estimated 280,000 United Kingdom citizens fell ill with Campylobacter in 2014, according to the country’s Food Standards Agency (FSA). The estimation comes atop growing concerns over the rates of Campylobacter contamination on chicken in the U.K. The challenge of Campylobacter on raw poultry has become so pervasive that FSA is dedicating its annual Food Safety Week (May 18-24) to… Continue Reading

UK Retailers Begin Offering ‘Roast in the Bag’ Whole Chickens

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Retailers in the United Kingdom are beginning to offer whole chickens sold as “roast in the bag” options, meaning that consumers don’t have to directly touch the raw meat and potentially expose themselves to pathogens commonly found on chicken such as Salmonella and Campylobacter, according to Farmers Weekly. The bags are reportedly designed in a way that will… Continue Reading

High UK Chicken Campylobacter Levels Renew Discussions About Using Chemical Washes

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Last week’s “fame and shame” about the high percentage of Campylobacter-contaminated fresh chickens sold by retail stores in the United Kingdom is being followed by renewed discussions about interventions their poultry industry should try to reduce the U.K.’s most common cause of bacterial gastrointestinal disease. Those discussions, say experts, could see the UK at least… Continue Reading

UK Stores Pressured to Reduce Campylobacter on Fresh Whole Chicken

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The Consumers’ Association in the United Kingdom, which goes by the brand name Which?, is following up on the recent release of fresh whole chicken Campylobacter contamination rates by supermarket chain by asking chief executives what they are going to do about it. As promised, at the end of a year-long study, the UK’s Food… Continue Reading

UK Sales of Chicken Decline, Possibly Due to Campylobacter News

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Grocery purchases of chicken in the United Kingdom have declined nearly 7 percent by volume and 4 percent by sales since this time last year. Experts are speculating that the public has been influenced by media coverage of the high levels of Campylobacter contamination found on raw chicken, according to meatinfo.co.uk. Media coverage related to… Continue Reading

UK Retailer Introduces ‘Campylobacter Challenge’

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Major British retailer Marks & Spencer has introduced a plan to take on the poultry industry’s longstanding problems with illnesses related to Campylobacter, a foodborne bacterium that causes diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and fever. In August, the U.K. Food Standards Agency reported that it found Campylobacter on 59 percent of fresh, whole store-bought chicken. Campylobacter… Continue Reading