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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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Waitrose 'very happy' with annual food bug data release

Waitrose would be "very happy" for results on chicken which has tested positive for a food poisoning bug to be made public, once a full year of data is available.

Campylobacter is killed through cooking. Credit: PA

In response to the FSA-report into the bug, a spokesperson said: "Results for individual retailers have not been disclosed as full year results will be available early next year."

They added: "We're very happy for our results to be made public when there is a full year of data available."

They also recommended that customers follow the advice from the Food Standards Agency on campylobacter.

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