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Packaging may cut Campylobacter contamination


Non-leak packaging may be key to cutting transmission of the food poisoning bug campylobacter found on fresh shop-bought chickens, according to the latest Food Standards Agency (FSA) figures. The first set of quarterly results from a new survey of campylobacter showed 59% of fresh shop-bought chickens tested positive for the presence of campylobacter. But in only 4% of samples was the bug identified on the outside of the packaging.

“The low levels of contamination found on packaging, shown in the results released today, potentially indicate the effectiveness of the leak-proof packaging for poultry introduced by most retailers, which helps to reduce risks of cross contamination in consumers’ kitchens,” said FSA CEO Catherine Brown.

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