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Retailers test for campylobacter

Retailers test for campylobacter

Intertek is working with many UK retailers in a bid to help reduce campylobacter, the UK’s most common form of food poisoning. Around four in every five cases of campylobacter poisoning comes from contaminated chicken.

Campylobacter is a difficult organism to culture in the laboratory and the environmental stresses products containing the bacterium have been subjected to during handling need to be taken into account during testing, says Intertek.

Studies have shown that the direct plating (enumeration) method of analysis for this organism is superior to the enrichment method (presence/absence), adds Intertek.

It is a cost effective, practical and robust method that can be used in the war against this pathogen and can provide poultry businesses with an accurate assessment in about half the time taken using established presence/absence techniques, the company claims.

Contact Intertek for more information. 

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