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One in two meals with meat eaten in the UK contains poultry, making it by far the healthy and nutritious choice of Britain’s families. The British poultry industry is committed to feeding the nation, and helping our communities through successful and rewarding careers.
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In response to the Which? report on supermarket chicken, Peter Bradnock, Chief Executive of the British Poultry Council, said:
“The BPC notes the Which? report, which makes clear that chicken is a safe and healthy product when properly cooked. This new survey shows a big reduction in campylobacter presence on chicken demonstrating the effectiveness of the biosecurity measures being taken by producers and processors against this naturally occurring bacteria which is present is all live animals. The British poultry industry is committed to working with consumer groups, government and retailers to ensure chicken is safe and healthy, and remains Britain’s favourite meat.”
- The report shows a decline in campylobacter from 65% (in the FSA’s 2009 survey) to 18% in this survey.
- For all the samples where campylobacter was detected, the number of organisms present was in the FSA’s lowest level category and well below the FSA target level for 2015.
- Campylobacter is a longstanding, naturally occurring bacteria that is present in all live animals. The Joint Working Group is an initiative lead by the British poultry industry, which has introduced biosecurity measures to deal with campylobacter and is engaged in on-going scientific research on the organism.
- The report makes clear that as with listeria, correct cooking kills the bacteria. Salmonella presence is now down to 1.5% of the chicken samples in this study. The three samples positive for salmonella were not serotyped so it is not known if these were types considered a possible risk to human health.