Infectious Diseases 2018

Infectious Diseases 2018

Campylobacter in top U.K. chicken retailers

19 June, 2018

In compliance with the Food Standards Agency, on June 15th, nine large retailers throughout the UK released their testing results on whole chickens containing Campylobacter contamination. The top nine retailers across the UK have now published their latest testing results on campylobacter contamination in UK-produced fresh whole chickens (covering samples tested from January to March 2018).
The latest figures show that on average, across the major retailers, 3.8% of chickens tested positive for the highest level of contamination; these are the chickens carrying more than 1,000 colony forming units per gram (cfu/g) of campylobacter. The corresponding figure for the previous set of results (October-December 2017) was 3.6%, while for the first publication (July-September 2017) it was 4.6%.The average overall percentage levels of campylobacter in the retailers’ data are shown below.