FSA latest survey numbers show less Campylobacter contamination in retail chickens following the application of SonoSteam, biosecurity and neck trimming

The latest figures for ongoing surveys on Campylobacter levels in retail chickens was released today by the FSA. The figures are showing positive ongoing progress in general, compared to previous data from last year. While some retailers are getting noteworthy better results compared to the first quarter (from July to September), others seem to have gone in the wrong direction.

The figures for this second quarter show a decrease in the number of birds tested positive for the highest level of Campylobacter contamination, compared to data from the same months last year. Research has shown that a reduction on these heavily contaminated birds, carrying more than 1,000 Colony Forming Unit, will have the biggest positive impact on the public health.

Latest data shows that birds with the highest levels of contamination accounted for 11% of all Campylobacter positive tested birds, down from 19% in October to December, 2014. Campylobacter tested positive on 59% of all chicken samples, down from 74% in the same months of the previous year.

Heading in the right direction

FSA suggested that the use of SonoSteam, biosucrity and neck trimming has shown positive impact on Campylobacter reductions.

Steve Wearne, Director of Policy at the FSA said: “These results are heading in the right direction and we must continue to build on this progress. Retailers and processors must ensure the interventions that are working are embedded in industry practice. We have also arrived at a point where consumers expect access to data about campylobacter, so the FSA must ensure its survey remains robust and work with industry to ensure as much sampling data as possible are available to the public”

February 25th, 2016 – Signs of further progress on campylobacter reduction

February 25th, 2016 – Food industry ‘winning fight against campylobacter’

SonoSteam as one of the key elements in Campylobacter reduction

SonoSteam installed their first equipment for chicken decontamination at Faccenda Foods in year 2014. The next phase of continuous running was initiated during the summer period where Faccenda was able to measure more than 80% reduction in Campylobacter positive freshly slaughtered birds. Cargill announced their investment in SonoSteam in mid 2015 and not long after that, the process was taken into use at their poultry plant in Hereford during the beginning of November in 2015.  The ongoing surveys have shown positive results during the first and second quarter and retailers are experiencing a downwards trend in Campylobacter positive chickens. SonoSteam, biosecurity and neck trimming are showing promising progress in fighting Campylobacter.

May 21st, 2015 – Faccenda Foods to implement SonoSteam technology

September 16th, 2015 – Cargill to introduce SonoSteam technology as part of farm-to-fork commitment to reduce Campylobacter levels

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Campylobacter 2nd quarter results

  • 11% of chickens tested positive for the highest levels of Campylobacter; More than 1,000 CFU
  • 59% of the chickens tested positive for Campylobacter
  • 966 birds were sampled