Campylobacter contamination in fresh whole chilled
UK-produced chickens at retail: January-March 2017
The latest results show that in January-March 2017, 6.5% of chickens had high levels of Campylobacter (over 1000 cfu/g), down from 9.3% over the same period the previous year.
To compare the proportion of chickens with levels of Campylobacter above 1000 cfu/g between retailers, each was compared to the overall average (weighted by market share) among all other retailers:
– The named retailers which had a significantly lower prevalence compared to the average among all other retailers were M&S (2.5%), Morrisons (2.8%) and Waitrose (2.7 %).
– None of the named retailers had a prevalence estimate significantly higher than the average among all other retailers. However, the group ‘Others’, combining a number of smaller retailers and butchers, had a significantly higher prevalence (16.9%) compared to the market average among all other retailers.