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on July 12, 2010

UK explores chicken wash

Agency looking at options to reduce campylobacter

Britain’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) is exploring its options to cut down on campylobacter, which is found on 86% of raw chicken in the country. The Telegraph reported that antimicrobial wash is among the options being explored, even though these chemical washes do not have EU clearance.

The food watchdog agency said it’s starting to look into the wash, among other solutions, because of potential public backlash. Those within the poultry industry hope consumers will not object to the chickens being dipped in diluted lactic acid, which is an approved food additive that should kill much of the bug. 

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