FSA looking to name food bug chicken retailers 'quickly'

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) will attempt to name the retailers who sell chicken which has tested positive for a food poisoning bug "more quickly" after criticism from a consumer group.

Which? criticised the FSA for not revealing that almost three fifths of fresh shop-bought chicken tested positive for campylobacter but failed to name any retailers who sold it.

Campylobacter is killed by thorough cooking, but is the most common form of food poisoning in the UK, affecting an estimated 280,000 people a year, and the majority of these cases come from contaminated poultry.

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  1. Chris Choi

Why won't FSA name retailers selling food bug chicken?

Britain's Food Standards Agency has discovered very high levels of a dangerous food poisoning bug in fresh chickens.

Some 59% contained campylobacter - in fact just by touching the packs you can be exposed - while 4% of the birds had traces outside the packaging.

I've checked the officials pledges and back in March they promised that they "intended to release the full results, including the names of the retailers and processors", yet they have not given shoppers this vital information.

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