Intertek Launches Expert Campylobacter Testing Lab for UK Poultry Industry
Intertek has launched an expert Campylobacter testing facility for all poultry processors and manufacturers, to support the supermarket industry and help reduce the more than 280,000 suspected cases of Campylobacter food poisoning in the UK, every year.
Over the last few months, Intertek has been working with leading food manufacturer Faccenda to deliver expert Campylobacter testing into the supply chain. They have now increased their facilities and expertise to launch a wider testing programme for the poultry industry, as it commits to tackling the most common source of food poisoning in the UK.
Last year there were 72,000 confirmed cases of Campylobacter, more than 100 deaths and a £900 million impact on the UK economy, according to the Food Standards Agency, which sees reducing Campylobacter in chickens as a priority and supports the work that Faccenda are doing.
Intertek Derby now offers a comprehensive and industry leading testing facility and staff with over 30 years poultry testing experience to support the increased demand this food poisoning threat is causing in the food industry.
John Searle, Global Quality & Technical Director for Intertek said: "At Intertek we work in partnership with our clients, so are able to respond swiftly to provide expertise and facilities that accommodate the immediate needs of the industry. The on-going work for our clients including Faccenda means that we have developed expert laboratories, fully equipped to tackle Campylobacter."
Tags: Campylobacter, Poultry
Date Published: October 13, 2015
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