Infectious Diseases 2009

Infectious Diseases 2009

FSA publishes survey of campylobacter and salmonella in chicken

6 October, 2009

The Food Standards Agency has published the findings of a new survey testing for campylobacter and salmonella in chicken on sale in the UK.
The survey showed that campylobacter was present in 65% of the samples of chicken tested. Salmonella was in 6% of samples, 0.5% of these samples contained S. enteritidis and S. typhimurium.

Campylobacter is the most common bacterial cause of food poisoning. It is responsible for around 55,000 cases of illness in the UK every year.

The UK-wide survey of fresh chicken at retail was carried out between May 2007 and September 2008. During the course of the survey, 3,274 samples were tested for the presence of campylobacter and salmonella.