Poultry processor Faccenda Foods plans to invest £1 million in SonoSteam technology. The technology, which uses ultrasound and steam to kill micro-organisms including campylobacter in the internal cavities and skins of chickens, will be trialled at the company’s Brackley factory in Northamptonshire this month.
Faccenda Foods MD Andy Dawkins explains, “The SonoSteam technology is revolutionary in the fight against the risk of food infection. We believe that SonoSteam can deliver a significant reduction in the number of cases of campylobacter food-borne infections attributed to chicken and will lead the way in setting industry standards.”
Tackling campylobacter is a top priority for the FSA. The bacteria are responsible for over 280,000 food poisoning cases a year and more than 100 deaths. Campylobacter is usually found in raw chickens and can be spread by contamination, failing to store or cook raw chicken properly.
Hopefully other poultry processors and factories may follow Faccenda Foods lead and utilise similar measures to prevent the spread of campylobacter bacteria, reducing food poisoning cases across the country.
Is your chicken a source of campylobacter?
Buying chicken from a reputable retailer normally means you assume it is safe to eat. Campylobacter bacteria is generally found in raw meat and children under 5, adults over 60 and anyone working in the meat industry are the most likely to be infected.
You can reduce your risk of coming into contact with campylobacter by only purchasing chicken from reliable sources. Symptoms usually develop within 2 to 5 days, but it can take as long as 10 days to feel ill, and usually include diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea and stomach cramps. Whilst 9 in 10 people recover within a week, dehydration is a risk, and if you become dehydrated, medical treatment may be necessary.
Claiming compensation for campylobacter poisoning
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Date Published: November 16, 2014
Author: David Brown