The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has welcomed a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) scientific opinion on poultry meat inspection, which questioned whether current practices were sufficient to ensure consumer safety.
The EFSA opinion, which was published earlier this week, highlighted that traditional poultry meat inspection practices do not enable the detection of some of the most important hazards to public health, including Campylobacter and Salmonella.
The opinion also recommended improvements that could be made to the current system.
“The FSA has argued for some time that the current system of official meat controls does not address the most relevant meat-borne pathogens of today, which are microbiological and cannot be detected by the naked eye,” said the FSA statement.
“Overall, the FSA welcomes EFSA’s work to improve public health and to provide the scientific basis for the modernisation of poultry meat inspection.”