UK – Major retailers below Campylobacter chicken limit; smaller shops test higher

Food Safety News

None of the top nine retailers in the United Kingdom reported Campylobacter in chicken test results near the FSA limit in the first three months of this year.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) maximum acceptable level is 7 percent of birds with more than 1,000 colony forming units per gram (CFU/g) of Campylobacter.

Tesco was the supermarket that recorded the worst contaminated chicken results with 4 percent of 300 samples above 1,000 CFU/g in the first quarter of 2021 (1Q) which was down from 6 percent in 4Q 2020.

Sainsbury’s performed much better in the latest set of figures covering January to March with around 2 percent of chickens sampled above 1,000 CFU/g compared to 7 percent in 4Q 2020.

Asda reported 1.3 percent tested positive for the highest level of contamination in the latest quarter compared to 1.8 percent in the previous three months.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s