Our results for the 3rd Quarter of 2018 (July to
September) are as follows:
Our results now for the last 15 consecutive quarters
have been below the 7% FSA retail target.
0.0% of our chickens have the higher levels of
contamination compared to the FSA retail target of
7% from a sample of 129 chickens tested.
• Campylobacter is a common bacteria which causes
food poisoning which can be found on fresh chicken.
• Campylobacter is destroyed if chicken is cooked
• As a bacteria, campylobacter can be transferred on
to any surface that raw chicken contacts.
• Food Standards Agency (FSA) advice is Do Not Wash
Here is a link to a quick guide from the FSA about
How you can prevent it:
We understand that campylobacter can be a concern when
it comes to handling fresh chicken. However there are
simple steps you
can take at home to
minimise the risk of food poisoning:
What Morrisons have achieved:
A long term reduction of campylobacter
levels from 2014 to 2018.
We have worked with our suppliers and
implemented a Campylobacter Action Plan,
successfully reduced campylobacter levels
on fresh chicken.
We have established our own monitoring program;
our test results show levels of campylobacter
Our results for the last 15 consecutive quarters
have been below the 7% FSA target.
WWhile the results of our reduction programme
are extremely encouraging, we are not complacent and
we will continue to work closely with all areas of
the industry to continually find areas to improve.
From the Farm to your kitchen
studied the journey of fresh chicken and introduced
a range of measures to combat campylobacter.
On the farm:
Every farm supplying Morrisons with chicken is
audited to ensure
improved levels of Bio-security are in
Additionally enhanced levels of
Bio-security training ffor Farm and
Catching teams have also been implemented across
our supply base.
A program to improve the
design of farm buildings to further
enhance bio security – this is a long term
feed and water additives and vaccination of
are currently underway by our suppliers at their
Tests are routinely done on all the farms that
supply our chickens to see if the flocks are
showing the presence of campylobacter.
Morrisons is committed to
only use suppliers with demonstrable
Campylobacter reduction plans
All of our Key suppliers have a least one process
intervention in order to reduce levels of
campylobacter, these are:
All of these methods have helped to reduce the
levels of campylobacter significantly.
Sonosteam systems ( this is a steam/ ultrasound
- Secondary scalding
- Rapid surface chilling
Our Food safety messaging on pack
- Do not wash poultry.
Store raw meat covered at the bottom of the
Use separate utensils and surfaces for raw and
cooked foods or wash thoroughly in between
Wash hands after handling raw meat and
Unwrap and dispose of packaging carefully.
We have leak proof packaging on our poultry
products to minimise the risks of cross
contamination in store or at home.
For customers who prefer not to directly handle the
chicken we have introduced
cook in the bag chickens across half of our