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Asda carries out own tests to kill off food poisoning bug

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Asda say they are carrying out independent tests to reduce the amount of the food poisoning bug campylobacter in their chickens.

It comes after more than 80% of samples tested positive for the bug, making it the worst performing supermarket in research done by the Food Standards Agency.

An Asda spokeswoman said: "We continue to take Campylobacter very seriously and are encouraged by our own most recent test data which confirms we’re making good progress to reaching the FSA’s target.

"We’re already seeing significant results from some of these trials including an impressive 80% reduction on both the neck and breast skin following the implementation of a steam process – SonoSteam.

"Along with other retailers and our suppliers we remain committed to working collaboratively to finding a robust solution to this problem that can be rolled across our entire whole bird range.

"In the meantime we continue to offer shoppers helpful advice on how to safely prepare and cook chicken – which will kill off any trace of the bug."

David Cameron: Sepp Blatter must go as Fifa chief

David Cameron has backed calls for Sepp Blatter to resign as Fifa president following the latest corruption scandal.

The Prime Minister's spokesperson said he was "squarely behind" the Football Association's support for the Fifa presidential candidate of Prince Ali bin al-Hussein.

Prime Minister David Cameron. Credit: PA Wire

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South Africa denies 2010 World Cup bribe claims

The South African government has denied allegations that bribes worth more than $10 million bribe were promised to a Fifa official during its bid to host the 2010 World Cup.

Sepp Blatter handing the World Cup to winners Spain in South Africa in 2010. Credit: Reuters

US prosecutors yesterday accused ex-Fifa vice-president Jack Warner of soliciting the huge bribe from the South African government in return for the right to host the tournament.

But a South African minister said there had been a "clean audit report" after the 2010 World Cup.

"There has never been any suggestion that anything untoward happened in South Africa,"Jeff Radebe told reporters.

The South African Football Association has also dismissed the claims as "baseless".

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Culture Secretary: Fifa is deeply flawed and corrupt

The arrests of several officials suggests Fifa is a "deeply flawed and corrupt organisation", the Culture Secretary has said.

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale.

John Whittingdale told MPs that Sepp Blatter should quit as Fifa president to give the organisation the fresh leadership it "very badly needed" in light of the scandal.

He said yesterday's events were "shocking in both their scope and scale" but they were also "far from surprising".

"This is the latest sorry episode that suggests that Fifa is a deeply flawed and corrupt organisation," he said in response to an urgent question on the issue.

He also called on sponsors to review their contracts with the organisation and to consider following Visa's lead in threatening to sever ties.

Number of mortgage approvals are at 10-month high

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The number of mortgage approvals made to home buyers jumped to a 10-month high in April.

Some 42,116 mortgages got the green light last month - the highest figure seen since June 2014, the British Bankers' Association (BBA) reported.

There was also a sharp increase in the amount savers deposited in their bank accounts as well as signs people are becoming more confident about taking on personal loan and credit card debt.

Richard Woolhouse, chief economist at the BBA, said: "There appears to be broad confidence about the economy, which the banks are supporting through affordable credit, leading to rises in borrowing across the board.

"Business lending has risen in three of the first four months this year indicating that we might have reached a turning point.

"There was a significant pre-election jump in mortgage approvals which we would expect to continue in the coming months."

Putin accuses US of meddling with Fifa investigation

Vladimir Putin has accused the United States of meddling after senior Fifa officials were arrested on suspicion of corruption following an investigation by the FBI.

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Sepp Blatter at last year's World Cup. Credit: Reuters

Russian officials said yesterday that the country's 2018 World Cup bid was fully compliant after Swiss authorities said they were investigating allegations of "criminal mismanagement and money laundering" in connection with the awarding of the tournament.

Attacking the corruption investigation into Fifa, Mr Putin said: "This is yet another blatant attempt (by the United States) to extend its jurisdiction to other states.

He said the arrests were a "clear attempt" to prevent the re-election of Fifa president head Sepp Blatter, who he said had Russia's backing.

Dyke: No chance of England hosting 2018/2022 World Cups

FA chairman Greg Dyke has told ITV News "there's no chance" of England getting the chance to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cups after Swiss authorities launched criminal proceedings into the allocation of the tournaments.

Mr Dyke seen in the middle of a media scrum in Zurich. Credit: ITV News/Rebecca Barry
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