Infectious Diseases 2018

Infectious Diseases 2018

UK: Campylobacter levels hold steady

14 September, 2018

The top nine retailers across the UK have published their latest testing results on campylobacter contamination in UK-produced fresh whole chickens (covering samples tested from April to June 2018).
The latest figures show that on average, across the major retailers, 3.7% 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 (Jan-March 2018) was 3.8%, while for the first publication (July-September 2017) it was 4.6%.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) target is less than 7 percent of birds in the more than 1,000 cfu/g category.