Infectious Diseases 2021

Infectious Diseases 2021

UK: Retailer’s campylobacter test results (2Q)

15 October, 2021

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has identified Campylobacter as a key priority and is working with those directly in the industry to tackle it. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) target level is of less than 7% of birds in the >1,000 cfu/g category.
The results for Q2 2021 (April to June) show that:
Aldi: 4.2% of birds were in the >1,000 cfu/g category. 
Marks and Spencer: 5 percent were in the maximum category in April, 9 percent in May, and 9 percent in June (based on a 376 samples). 
Sainsbury’s had about 4 percent of chickens sampled above 1,000 CFU/g, compared to 2 percent in the first three months of 2021.
Tesco recorded 3 percent of 300 samples above 1,000 CFU/g in the second quarter of 2021 (2Q), compared to 4 percent in 1Q.