The top 9 UK retailers have published their latest campylobacter testing results showing that the levels of contamination remain low. The figures covering sampling from January to March 2018 show that 3.8% of chickens tested positive for the highest level of campylobacter contamination, demonstrating that the action being taken by retailers to reduce campylobacter contamination on fresh chicken continues to make a positive impact.
The average overall percentage levels of campylobacter in the retailers’ data can be found in the table below:
|Months||Contamination levels (cfu/g)*|
|Less than 10||10-99||100-1000||Over 1000|
|July – September 2017||48.7%||28.3%||18.4%||4.6%|
|October – December 2017||57.7%||22.0%||16.7%||3.6%|
|January – March 2018||59.1%||23.9%||13.2%||3.8%|
We would like to remind people in Scotland that the risk of getting ill from handling and eating chickens is low providing you follow our good hygiene and cooking tips.