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Food Safety Authority Pleased With Restaurants' Chicken Meat

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Food Safety Authority Pleased With Restaurants' Chicken Meat

Auckland, Nov 30 NZPA - The Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) is pleased with the results of an operation targeting illegally-sourced chicken meat in Auckland restaurants.

The operation allayed concerns that individuals were buying birds from poultry farms and illegally slaughtering them before selling them to food businesses.

NZFSA assistant director of response Glen Neal said of 25 businesses that were considered to be at "higher risk" of non-compliance, all were in fact buying their chicken from legitimate sources.

"As with other animal products, chicken presents certain hazards - such as food-borne bacteria like campylobacter - which need to be managed in the slaughter.

"No consumer should be put at risk by eating chicken meat that hasn't been processed in a way that manages the presence of harmful bacteria," he said.

Individuals can face fines of up to $100,000 or two years imprisonment for selling non-complying meat, while body corporates can be fined up to $500,000.

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