A campylobacter risk management programme has been developed to reduce levels of campylobacter in chicken. The programme encompasses a range of projects targeted at different points across the food chain, from farm to fork.
The FSA is working in partnership with the industry and Defra as part of a Joint Working Group on campylobacter. The working group is developing a Joint Action Plan, which will help identify and implement interventions that will reduce campylobacter. To contribute to this work the Agency is also funding new research in collaboration with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Defra, the Northern Ireland Department for Agriculture and Rural Development and the Scottish Government, the research forms part of a joint strategy entitled: UK Research and Innovation Strategy for Campylobacter (UK RISC) in the food chain. More about the working group, the action plan and the FSA's research on campylobacter can be found at the links at the bottom of the page.
To measure progress on the effectiveness of the risk management programme, a joint government and industry target to ‘reduce campylobacter in UK produced chickens by 2015’ has been set.
2013 campylobacter strategy workshop
The aims of the joint government and industry working group workshop, which was held 12-14 March 2013, were to:
- review the progress to date of research carried out as part of UK research and innovation strategy (RISC) to address ongoing challenges of developing effective interventions at a variety of points in the food chain
- evaluate whether the UK RISC is on track
- identify further work which may be required
The workshop provided key invited industry, researcher, funder and policymaker stakeholders the opportunity to interact directly with researchers and each other, be updated on latest research developments and provide input into the future of the UK RISC to ensure it will achieve its goals.
More about the workshop can be found in the event booklet and summary report via the links towards the end of this page.