Retailers urged to work with suppliers to review food safety practices
UK-based consultancy firm Crimson & Co has urged retailers to work with suppliers in order to eliminate bacteria from within their supply chains.
The latest move comes after the recent recall involving two ready-made salads from supermarket chain Tesco's due to the presence of campylobacter, a germ that causes fever, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps.
Recent figures released by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) indicate that there has been a marginal reduction in the traces of campylobacter found in chicken products.
Crimson & Co associate director Nick Miller said: “The recalling of two Tesco products reinforces the ongoing challenges retailers face when tackling food safety.
“Despite recent data depicting some drop-in traces of campylobacter, high-profile recalls such as this thrusts firms back into the spotlight and bring to attention inefficiencies amongst organisations and their supply chains.”
Miller further urged retail firms to look beyond their own business scope and work with suppliers to remove threats that can harm food products.
The recalled products include the 160g pack of Chicken Salad and 315g pack of Chicken, Broccoli, Almond & Cashew Nut Salad.
The products carried a use-by date between 12 and 13 July.
Usually found in raw or undercooked meat, campylobacter is believed to cause 280,000 cases of food poisoning every year, metro.co.uk reported.