lunes, 16 de abril de 2012

Campylobacter in chickens down but not enough in the UK

One in five chicken products sold in UK supermarkets are contaminated with Campylobacter
The study included organic and free-range whole chickens and chicken portions from different producers:  Aldi, Asda, The Co-operative, Lidl, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose. A total of 193 samples were analyzed one in five (18%) were contaminated with Campylobacter jejuni, while 14% had Listeria monocytogenes and 1.5% with Salmonella spp.
The consumer organizations said that while the results suggest an improvement on the FSA’s findings in 2009 that 65% of fresh chickens were contaminated with Campylobacter jejuni at point of sale, the levels of contamination were still too high to be acceptable.
It pointed to its research last year, which revealed that 82% of the public want better control of Campylobacter throughout the supply chain, rather than having to deal with contamination when cooking and handling chicken.
Consumers think the situation is improving but it is still unacceptable that one in five chickens were found to be contaminated with Campylobacter. It is necessary that the risk of contamination will be minimized at every stage of production, because for far too long consumers have been expected to clean up mistakes made during processing.

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