The latest campylobacter testing results (January to March 2019) on contamination in UK-produced fresh whole chickens have been published by the top nine UK food retailers.
Across the retailers, an average 3.5% of chickens tested positive for the highest level of campylobacter contamination.
The full results from January 2018 to March 2019 can be found in the table below:
|Contamination Levels (colony forming units per gram)||January-March 2018||April-June 2018||July-September 2018||October-December 2018||January-March 2019|
|cfu/g less than 10||59.1%||60.6%||58.8%||63.1%||55.4%|
|cfu/g over 1000||3.8%||3.7%||3.5%||3.1%||3.5%|
The risk of getting ill from handling and cooking chicken is low if good hygiene and cooking advice is followed.
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