Campylobacter

Department of Health written question – answered on 13th February 2015.

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Photo of Lord Pendry Lord Pendry Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to tackle the problem of campylobacter infection found in raw meat, particularly poultry.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is working with industry to tackle Campylobacter, through the Acting on Campylobacter Together campaign, and encouraging the implementation of interventions targeted at different points in the food chain to reduce contamination levels, particularly at the highest levels.

The FSA is undertaking a United Kingdom-wide microbiological survey of Campylobacter contamination in fresh whole chilled chickens at retail sale and has provided guidance for consumers on the safety measures that they can take to reduce their risk of spreading and contracting Campylobacter from raw poultry in the home.

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