Campylobacter focus for NFU Cymru poultry conference

By Joseph James Whitworth contact

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FSA Wales is encouraging co-operation from farm to fork to reduce incidence. Picture: CDC
FSA Wales is encouraging co-operation from farm to fork to reduce incidence. Picture: CDC

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Campylobacter was the main topic at the annual NFU Cymru poultry conference.

Jayne Griffiths, from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) Wales, told members how the agency is encouraging co-operation from farm to fork to reduce incidence.

The agency has brought together representatives from government, retailers, caterers, poultry producers and processors, and consumer organisations to agree actions that could be taken to reduce Campylobacter.”

FSA has provided funding so independent broiler farmers can test for Campylobacter for free but this finishes at the end of March. 

Gary Ford, NFU chief poultry adviser, said testing is an important part of better understanding Campylobacter on farm.

“As campylobacter does not appear to adversely affect bird health it is difficult for farmers to identify the point at which their flock goes positive for the disease.”

Related topics: Food Safety & Quality

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