Infectious Diseases 2019

Infectious Diseases 2019

UK: Major retailers publish campylobacter results

16 March, 2019

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 October to December 2018). The latest figures show that on average, across the major retailers, 3.1% 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.
Waitrose, Lidl and Asda are the supermarkets with the highest levels of campylobacter in their chickens, according to the report.
The results in full: Asda: 5.1%; Lidl: 5%; Waitrose: 5%; Tesco: 3%, down from 5% last quarter; Co-op: 3%; Aldi:2.5%; Morrisons: 1.8%; Sainsbury: 1.5%; M&S: 1%