Poultry International - July 2017 - 26
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How UK poultry companies are
Industry initiatives result in falling levels of Campylobacter-contaminated
poultry in the UK.
Campylobacter is the most frequently
reported foodborne cause of illness
in Europe, affecting an estimated
9 million people each year, according to the European Food
Safety Authority (EFSA).
remains the most significant
source of human infection, and
the European poultry industry is
implementing various strategies to
reduce contamination levels.
Poultry International spoke with representatives from two of the U.K.'s largest poultry
companies - Ursula Lavery, technical and R&D director Europe at Moy Park, and David Keeble, technical
director at Faccenda - about the steps their companies
are taking to reduce contamination.
POULTRY INTERNATIONAL: How much
poultry meat do you produce annually, and what
Campylobacter reduction measures are you taking?
Ursula Lavery, of Moy
Park, argues that all
steps for controlling
Campylobacter from farm
to finished product are
Courtesy Moy Park
LAVERY: We process more than 5.5 million fresh
chickens per week; 1.32 million turkeys per year; and
200,000 tons of added-value products annually, and
are the largest producers of organic, free-range, and
higher-welfare chicken and turkey in the U.K. and
Ireland. Our Moy Park-branded products are supplied
to leading retailers, including Waitrose, and foodservice providers throughout the U.K., Ireland and
We take a holistic approach to reducing
Campylobacter levels throughout the supply chain -
from farm to factory to finished product - but all steps
are equally important to deliver a cumulative reduction. Our action plan centers on seven principle pillars:
Research and analysis by a dedicated
Campylobacter team in collaboration with leading
scientists and academics in the U.K. and Ireland giving a picture of seasonal Campylobacter trends that we
benchmark with producers globally.
All new farms are built with specific
Campylobacter control systems.
Enhanced biosecurity systems, including double
barrier access to the sheds and hygiene controls, and
hot water heating in more than 85 percent of our farms
to provide a drier environment for the birds.
Good farming practices are incentivized around animal welfare, biosecurity and agricultural compliance.
An optimized thin and clear management protocol.
Use of state-of-the-art processing facilities, optimized factory procedures and segregated packing
Moy Park was first to market with "no need to
wash" labeling on its whole birds, and we include
consumer information on safe handling and cooking
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