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Campylobacter levels remain low across UK

The nine largest UK food retailers have published their latest Campylobacter results on contamination in UK-produced fresh whole chickens.

Across the retailers an average of 3.1% of chickens tested positive for the highest level of 

Campylobacter contamination from October to December 2018. The full 2018 results on Campylobacter contamination levels from the retailers’ data can be found in the table below:

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%

 

We would like to remind people in Scotland that the risk of getting ill from handling and eating chicken is low providing you follow our good hygiene and cooking tips.

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