Infectious Diseases 2019

Infectious Diseases 2019

UK: Major retailers publish campylobacter results for Jan-Mar 2019

15 June, 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 January to March 2019). 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. Campylobacter levels have remained steady and are below the target of 7% at the highest level of contamination. 

Contamination levels

Apr-June 2018

July-Sep 2018

Oct-Dec 2018

Jan-Mar 2019

cfu/g less than 10

60.6%

58.8%

63.1%

55.4%

cfu/g 10-99

23.3%

26.7%

22.3%

25.3%

cfu/g 100-1000

12.5%

11%

11.4%

15.8%

cfu/g over 1000

3.7%

3.5%

3.1%

3.5%