The UK Food Standards Agency has published the final report of its year-long survey of Campylobacter levels on fresh shop-bought chickens. The report provides an analysis of the data provided by the survey, which ran from February 2014 and March 2015.
The results revealed that 73% of the 4,011 chickens sampled tested positive for Campylobacter, with 19% lying within the highest band of contamination (>1,000 cfu/g). Approximately 7% of packaging also tested positive for the pathogen.
The results for individual retailers showed significant differences that could not be explained by differences in remaining shelf life, chicken weights, time of sampling, or type of chicken rearing. There were also significant differences between birds supplied by different approved poultry processors.
A new survey is already under way and the first results are expected in November. The full report of the 2014/15 survey is available as a PDF on the Agency website here.