Major retailers publish campylobacter results

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 October to December 2018).

The latest figures show that on average, across the major retailers, 3.1% 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.

Michael Wight, Director of Policy at the Food Standards Agency said: “It is encouraging that campylobacter levels in retail chicken are holding consistently low, however we will continue to work closely with retailers and smaller poultry businesses to bring levels down to as low as reasonably achievable.

“We would like to thank the major retailers and poultry producers for continuing to work alongside the FSA in the publication of the results.”


Contamination levels January-March 2018 April-June 2018 July-September 2018 October-December 2018
cfu/g less than 10 59.1% 60.6% 58.8% 63.1%
cfu/g 10-99 23.9% 23.3% 26.7% 22.3%
cfu/g 100-1000 13.2% 12.5% 11% 11.4%
cfu/g over 1000 3.8% 3.7% 3.5% 3.1%

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