A draft report on measures to stop the spread of the food poisoning bug campylobacter has called for wider surveillance of meat products and poultry flocks.
The report, produced by the independent Advisory Committee on the Micro-biological Safety of Food (ACMSF), which advises the Food Standards Agency (FSA), considers ways of preventing contamination in poultry and other meat and of reducing the incidence of food poisoning in domestic and catering environments.
Campylobacter outbreaks have been linked to contaminated water, unpasteurised milk, salads, and meat from cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry.
The bug is believed to be the single biggest cause of foodborne illness in the UK and one of the FSA's strategic aims is to reduce such diseases by 20% by 2006.
Among the ACMSF report's many recommendations are calls for wider surveillance of campylobacter in poultry flocks and in red meat on sale in shops.
Comments on the report, which can be found on the FSA's website at http://www.food.gov.uk/foodindustry/consultations, must be submitted by August 13.