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FSA Launches Food Safety Week with Chicken Challenge

May 18, 2015

A third of the population are at risk of contracting campylobacter during their lifetime according to new figures from the Food Standards Agency (FSA). Based on current statistics that show campylobacter infects more than a quarter of a million people annually, the FSA has released the figures to mark the start of Food Safety Week.

The agency are also launching the Chicken Challenge, which calls on industry and consumers to work to cut the number of cases of campylobacter by 50% by the end of the year. Introducing the campaign, FSA director Nina Purcell, admitted that despite the work that’s already been done on trying to reduce contamination, there is still plenty to do.

“More than a quarter of a million people – 280,000 – fall ill each year due to campylobacter food poisoning, and the FSA has been working hard to get industry to reduce that number by cutting the level of contamination on shop-bought chickens,” She Said. “This Food Safety Week, we’re taking that one step further by asking the public to take the ‘Chicken Challenge’ and pledge to take action to help protect themselves. At the moment, up to a third of us could fall ill with campylobacter at some point in our lives. We all have a responsibility to do what we can to reduce that figure.”

Up to 2.2 million chickens are consumed in the UK every week, earlier this year an FSA survey found that 73% of shop bought birds were contaminated with campylobacter.

You find out more about the FSA Chicken Challenge HERE