Supermarkets and retailers have clashed with the Food Standards Agency for their decision to display the results of campylobacter testing in the public domain.
The FSA has been sampling fresh chicken for the presence of campylobacter bacteria since the start of the year and they plan to publish the names of the retailers alongside the results of sampling.
However, the FSA have received a letter from the British Retail Consortium questioning the validity of the sampling plan and urging the agency not to publish the names of the retailers involved.
However, the BRC was consulted about the sampling plan before the survey began according to FSA Chief Executive Catherine Brown. In response to the FSA naming and shaming plans, the BRC has stated that they simply asked for evidence behind the survey results which would give consumers clear information on the food they buy.
They also state that they believed results would be published after a year’s worth of samples were taken. They also added that retailers are working to reduce campylobacter rates, a bacteria known to be one of the main causes of food poisoning.
Food safety and hygiene
All establishments which sell, prepare or cook food have a duty of care to the public to ensure that they follow food safety and hygiene legislation. This means that they must ensure that all points where food could become contaminated should be controlled to prevent illness in public consumers. The FSA naming and shaming is aimed at giving consumers information about the food they are buying in order to prevent the spread of illness.
There are guidelines available for food establishments and retailers which outline how food should be prepared, cooked and stored. If these are not followed, there is a high risk that someone could become ill. If you have suffered food poisoning and wish to make a claim, you can contact Accident Advice Helpline for assistance.
How to get in touch
Contact Accident Advice Helpline if you have contracted food poisoning and there is evidence that negligence took place.
Our helpline is open 24/7 for you to call or you can put some details about your case into our 30-second online test.
We can help you make a claim for compensation if you have suffered unnecessarily after eating food bought from a retailer or a restaurant.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Source: The Grocer
Date Published: November 13, 2014
Author: David Brown