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Research call: effect of modified atmospheric packaging on campylobacter

The Food Standards Agency is inviting tenders to investigate whether modified atmospheric packaging (MAP) can reduce campylobacter numbers on raw chicken.

Campylobacter is the most common cause of bacterial food poisoning in the UK. MAP is a technique currently used in the UK poultry industry to control bacterial growth and extend the shelf life of food. Information is needed on the efficacy of different modified atmospheres in reducing campylobacter numbers, and whether MAP affects the commercial acceptability of poultry meat.

Researchers will be required to undertake a robust assessment on the use of MAP to control campylobacter on raw chicken. They will need to examine the practicality and cost effectiveness of existing methods, and assess their efficacy in reducing campylobacter numbers.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted online using our electronic procurement system by 5pm on 30 March 2012. To find out more about this call for tender, you will need to register as a supplier on the FSA’s electronic tendering system, ePPS, via the link below.

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