FSA publish latest levels of AMR bacteria in chicken

25 February 2020

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The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published the results of two surveys monitoring antimicrobial-resistant bacteria in fresh chicken on sale in the UK. The first survey reports on certain types of antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) E. coli and the second on AMR Campylobacter. The results are from Year 4 of the surveys (2017-2018). 

Overall, the AMR E. coli contamination in retail chicken has declined in comparison to previous years, which suggests that the tighter control on antimicrobial usage in industry might be having a positive impact although further work is required to explore this. 

The proportion of AMR Campylobacter isolates and multi-drug resistance found were similar to those in Year 3 (August 2016 to July 2017).

Source: FSA, 18 February 2020