Infectious Diseases 2021

Infectious Diseases 2021

Campylobacter contamination in fresh whole UK produced chilled chickens at retail sale

19 June, 2021

Research published by the FSA has found the percentage of chicken sold at smaller retailers contaminated at more than 1,000 CFU/g is still higher than samples from supermarkets. The UK-wide survey looked at the levels of Campylobacter on whole fresh retail chickens on sale in farm shops and markets, butchers and smaller chains such as Iceland, McColl’s, Budgens, Nisa, Costcutter, and One Stop. A total of 1,009 fresh raw chickens were collected from August 2018 to July 2019.Campylobacter spp. were detected in 55.8% of the chicken skin samples obtained from non-major retailer shops, and 10.8% of the samples had counts above 1000 cfu per g chicken skin. The highest result was 200,000 CFU/g of skin. In 2018 and 2019, the percentage of samples with more than 1,000 CFU/g was significantly higher in May, June and July than November to April. Resistance to ciprofloxacin was detected in 185 isolates of Campylobacter jejuni and 49 of Campylobacter coli; while 220 isolates of Campylobacter jejuni and 73 of Campylobacter coli were resistant to tetracycline.

 

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