Infectious Diseases 2018

Infectious Diseases 2018

UK: Campylobacter levels remain steady

10 December, 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 July to September 2018).
The latest figures show that on average, across the major retailers, 3.5% 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 (April - June 2018) was 3.7%, while for the first publication (July-September 2017) it was 4.6%.
The average percentage of chickens in each band of contamination from the retailers’ own data can be found in the table below.

Contamination levelsJuly-September 2017October-December 2017January-March 2018April-June 2018July-September 2018
cfu/g less than 10 48.7% 57.7% 59.1% 60.6% 58.8%
cfu/g 10-99 28.3% 22.0% 23.9% 23.3% 26.7%
cfu/g 100-1000 18.4% 16.7% 13.2% 12.5% 11%
cfu/g over 1000 4.6% 3.6% 3.8% 3.7% 3.5%