Campylobacter is the principal cause of bacterial gastroenteritis. In 2013 there were over 66,000 confirmed infections in England and Wales. The estimated actual figure is over 280,000. The FSA cites that more than 1,000 people were so ill because of campylobacter last year they ended up needing to receive hospital treatment. Most survived, but not all. Campylobacter can kill and has an estimated cost to the economy of £900million.
About four in five cases of campylobacter poisoning in the UK can be traced back to poultry meat contaminated with the bacterium. To tackle this, and reduce contamination on UK-produced chickens, the whole food chain needs to play its part.
The forum takes us back to basics with Andy Muirhead, a Microbiologist at the ALS Life Sciences Division, covering the background to the organism, sources and modes of transmission, recent food-borne outbreaks of Campylobacteriosis and the burden of the disease on the UK.
Secondly, Jeremy will focus on modes of control of the organism in the food industry, providing an overview of the impact of new technology in campylobacter reduction on the finished carcass.
Javier will conclude with an overview from the policy and regulatory perspective, with a discussion of the current FSA programme to reduce the incidence of Campylobacter in humans principally by focussing on reducing Campylobacter in chickens and possible future EU initiatives to control Campylobacter in poultry meat.
This is the ideal forum for businesses to gain a greater understanding of Campylobacter , guidance on the methods of detecting Campylobacter and will provide opportunities for delegates to discuss in detail their requirements, concerns and also to raise questions on the subject matter.
Places are limited to 25 delegates to ensure that this remains an intimate and informative ½ day programme for all.
£35 + VAT (Members), £70 + VAT (Non-members),
£15 + VAT (Students) per delegate
9.00 am – 12.30 pm
SOFHT Training Room, The Granary, Middleton House Farm, Tamworth Road, Middleton, Staffs, B78 2BD
Continental Breakfast Buffet and certificate of attendance are included in the price.
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