From November 2014, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) plans to ‘name and shame’ campylobacter stores – retailers who sell campylobacter-contaminated chicken – across the UK. These retailers were revealed almost a year ago at the Food Manufacture Group’s Food Safety Conference, after a survey of shop-bought chicken carried out by the FSA.
Campylobacter is the UK’s most common cause of food poisoning, affecting around 280,000 people across the UK every year. The survey, carried out between February 2014 and February 2014, will probe just how prevalent campylobacter is in UK stores. 4,000 samples of chickens purchased at butchers, independent stores and supermarkets are already being tested by researchers. Andrew Rhodes, the FSA’s chief operating officer, revealed the plans to name and shame campylobacter stores, and believes that this could become a competitive area for retailers.
Steve Wearne, the FSA’s director of policy, admitted that tackling campylobacter was a top priority for the FSA, saying, “We published details about levels of campylobacter found in shop-bought chickens earlier this year, but chose not to name retailers because the data was not robust enough. Since then, double the number of samples have been collected, which better reflects the situation across the country.”
What is campylobacter?
Campylobacter is usually found in raw poultry and other meat – it is the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK. Symptoms of campylobacter poisoning include diarrhoea, fever, stomach cramps, vomiting and fever, and usually come on within two to five days of eating the contaminated food. However, symptoms can occasionally take as long as ten days to begin. Most people recover from campylobacter poisoning within a week, but dehydration can occur and children are particularly at risk. If symptoms persist, you may need to seek medical attention or even be hospitalised.
Claiming food poisoning compensation
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Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown