The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has today released figures showing some improvement in the levels of Campylobacter in supermarket chickens.
The latest FSA figures show that 76% of fresh supermarket chickens have tested positive for Campylobacter contamination. This is down from 83% in 2014, which shows progress has been made since we launched our Make Chicken Safe campaign.
Along with our 34,000 supporters we convinced the supermarkets to launch action plans that will tackle Campylobacter in chickens. These latest results are promising, however, the risk of infection still remains too high.
Our executive director Richard Lloyd said:
‘Some retailers have significantly reduced levels of Campylobacter, so the pressure is on the others to explain why they have missed these jointly agreed targets.’
We’re now calling on the Government and the FSA to ensure that all supermarkets step up to the plate.
Iceland has published its action plan on Campylobacter in response to our Make Chicken Safe campaign.
Aldi has published its action plan on Campylobacter in response to our Make Chicken Safe campaign.
Waitrose publishes its action plan on campylobacter in response to our open letter to supermarkets.
Tesco publishes its action plan on Campylobacter in response to our open letter to supermarkets.
The Co-operative Food publish their action plan on campylobacter in response to our open letter to supermarkets
We have written to the seven major supermarkets calling on them to make publicly available plans on how they will tackle Campylobacter, with clear timescales for action.
The letter calling for action has been sent to Asda, Co-op, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose.
Our executive director, Richard Lloyd, said:
'Six weeks on from the revelation of scandalously high levels of Campylobacter in chicken, the supermarkets still haven't told consumers how they will tackle this potentially fatal bug.'
People need reassurance that supermarkets are doing everything they can to make chicken safe. The retailers must publish their plans and commit to action now.