The Joint Working Group on Campylobacter was established in August 2009 as a joint industry and government group. It aims to identify interventions that would reduce campylobacter in chicken.
The membership has recently expanded and now includes the British Poultry Council (BPC), the National Farmers' Union (NFU) the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the FSA and Defra.
Members meet on a quarterly basis. The minutes of the meetings can be found at the links below.
The Joint Action Plan
The Agency is working in partnership with industry and Defra to identify and put in place interventions that will reduce campylobacter through a Joint Action Plan. The action plan will be implemented through the Joint Working Group on Campylobacter.
The key activities of the action plan relate to:
implementation of revised poultry standards from April 2011
investigate efficacy of biosecurity interventions – hygiene barriers, fly screens and water treatments
review rapid on-farm campylobacter test
investigate motivational drivers of biosecurity compliance
investigate/trial crate washing, improved crate drying, and novel crate and module disinfection methods
investigate lactic acid wash in turkey and chicken processing
trial electrolysed water sprays washes in slaughterhouse
Retail trials/interventions/consumer behaviour
trial leak-proof packaging for chicken products
investigate the impact of modified atmosphere packaging techniques
research to understand consumers attitudes to potential interventions and consumer behaviour
review on-pack best practice instructions on storage, handling, preparation and cooking for consumers on chicken products
address the issue of undercooked liver pâté and parfait
develop a best practice compliance toolkit and refresher education programme via Safer Food, Better Business programme
Surveillance and monitoring
industry harmonised monitoring, FSA independent monitoring, and periodic surveys of campylobacter contamination of raw chicken at retail level