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Supermarkets 'working even harder to stop contamination'

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has defended supermarkets after new FSA testing found an increase in the number of raw chickens contaminated by campylobacter.

Today's figures are an important reminder that we have not yet found a way to prevent the presence of campylobacter in raw chicken and supermarkets are working even harder to find solutions to help consumers such as leak-proof packaging for all raw chicken and new roast-in-the-bag products - this is our top priority for food safety.

We are committed to continuing the search for a solution to campylobacter and we support the work of the FSA to get clear advice to consumers about proper cooking and kitchen hygiene.

There has been concern that implementing a solution to prevent campylobacter will mean the cost of chicken increases but we believe any increase should be small and in our competitive market retailers will work with their suppliers to do everything they can to avoid passing this on to consumers.

– Andrew Opie, BRC's director of food and sustainability

Neighbour speaks of shock over murder suspect

A former neighbour of a suspect being hunted by police over a double murder has spoken of her shock, saying he was a man you "wouldn't mind leaving your kids with".

Surrey Police want to speak to 38-year-old Lithuanian builder Viktoras Bruzas in connection with the killings of Gillian and Patrick Kettyle.

Lusine Morris, who lived next door to Bruzas for six years, told the Surrey Comet: "I am shocked because he had come into our home. He would knock and I'd let him in and you wouldn't think twice.

"This guy, he was one that you wouldn't mind leaving your kids with. He seemed like such a nice guy," she added.

The Kettyles were found with stab wounds at their home in Fetcham, Surrey, by another resident of the property at 12.30am, police said.


Chicken contamination is 'damning indictment of supermarkets'

Consumer group Which? said supermarket bosses should "hang their heads in shame" after the level of campylobacter contaminated chickens was revealed by the FSA.

These results are a damning indictment of supermarkets and consumers will be rightly shocked at the failure of trusted household brands to stem the tide of increasingly high levels of campylobacter.

It's now vital that the industry cleans up its act and works hard to restore consumer confidence. We want to see supermarkets not only publishing effective plans that tackle these scandalously high levels but also demonstrate they're taking real action to make chicken safe.

– Richard Lloyd, Which? executive director

British embassy staff killed in Kabul were G4S staff

Security firm G4S has confirmed two British embassy staff killed in a targeted attack in Kabul were members of its security team.

Five people were killed in the suicide attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Credit: Reuters/Mohammad Ismail

In a statement the firm said: "At 10.20am local time this morning in Kabul a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated targeting a British Embassy vehicle moving through the city.

"A local member of the embassy staff and an expatriate G4S security team member were both killed in the explosion. A second British member of the G4S security team was injured.

"An investigation into the incident is under way and therefore we are unable to comment further at this time."

Double murder victims named

Police at the scene in Fetcham, Surrey. Credit: PA Wire

A man and a woman found stabbed to death in their home have been named locally as Gillian and Patrick Kettyle.

The couple, who are thought to have a teenage son, were found by another resident of the detached-property in Fetcham, Kent, at 12.30am.

A large scale manhunt is underway to trace Lithuanian builder Viktoras Bruzas, who police say was known to the couple, in connection with the killings.

A man in his 30s has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.


Author PD James has died at the age of 94

Author PD James was best known for writing detective novels. Credit: Yui Mok/PA

Author PD James, best known for her detective novels, has died at the age of 94, her agent said.

Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park, was the author of 20 books, many of which have been filmed and broadcast on television in Britain and the United States.

In a statement, James's publishers Faber & Faber said: "This is a very sad day for us at Faber. It is difficult to express our profound sadness at losing PD James, one of the world's great writers and a Faber author since her first publication in 1962."

"She was so very remarkable in every aspect of her life, an inspiration and great friend to us all. It is a privilege to publish her extraordinary books. Working with her was always the best of times, full of joy. We will miss her hugely."

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