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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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Campylobacter food bug is an 'industry wide issue'

The campylobacter food bug is an "industry wide issue" according to Morrisons supermarkets.

In response to the FSA-report into the bug, a spokesperson said: "This is an industry issue and not a retailer specific one and as all retailers broadly share the same limited supply base, this raises a challenge to any discrepancy in results between retailers if the supplier is the same."

They added that their packaging on our chicken products features guidance on not washing raw meat and washing hands after handling raw meat. They are also going to rebrand their packaging to include the message: "Do Not Wash Poultry Before Cooking."

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