Quarterly Campylobacter Results Announced

The results are in!

Last week marked the UK’s leading retailers, publishing their Campylobacter test results for UK produced fresh shop-bought chickens, from October 2017 to December 2017.

We are pleased to share that they have demonstrated a significant reduction in levels for the 5th consecutive test.

The FSA’s latest results show that only 4.5% of chickens tested positive for the highest level of Campylobacter contamination, as compared to 19.7% in 2014-15, which is when the survey first began.

This is also a huge improvement from earlier in the year (July-September 2017) which was 5.14%.

Michael Wight, Director of Policy and Science at the Food Standards Agency said: “It’s good to see that levels of Campylobacter found continue on a downward trend. We will continue to monitor the results and procedures of the major retailers and encourage them to maintain the significant progress made so far.

“We would like to thank the British Retail Consortium and the retailers for continuing to take the issue of campylobacter seriously and for working together to coordinate the publication of their results. We are actively working across smaller poultry businesses so that they can also contribute to reducing campylobacter levels.”

For more information including the results of each retailer: http://bit.ly/2pCX0gL