27 May 2015
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has today published the final set of results from its year-long survey of campylobacter on fresh chickens. 2 Sisters welcomes the latest round of results, particularly those which the FSA describes as ‘encouraging’.
2 Sisters continues to lead the industry with its campylobacter reduction programme, but there is no easy way to tackle a complex problem quickly or 100% effectively.
2 Sisters' £10m reduction plan from farm through to consumer continues at pace and it will be later this year before the fuller impact of our actions starts showing in the FSA data, which currently includes results from over a year ago.
Where we have applied interventions such as no-thinning, our own more recent results show significant signs of improvement.
2 Sisters remains committed, alongside our retail and agricultural partners, to reduce campylobacter’s presence, and we will not rest until this has been achieved.
We would also reiterate our previous advice that, as a naturally-occurring bacteria which lives inside healthy chickens, campylobacter is killed by cooking and provided people prepare and handle chicken correctly, they’re at no risk.