Campylobacter levels remain steady

11 December 2018

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On 8 December 2018, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) noted that 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 FSA has been testing chickens for Campylobacter since February 2014 and publishing the results as part of a campaign to bring together the whole food chain to tackle the problem. Campylobacter is the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK.

Since September 2017, major retailers have carried out their own sampling and published their results under robust protocols laid down by the FSA.

Source: FSA News, 7 December 2018