Chicken contamination indication: New survey reveals levels of campylobacter in supermarket chickens
The figures from the Scoff Standards Agency survey show that on average, across the peddle, 6.5 per cent of chickens tested positive for the highest level of contamination, executing more than 1,000 colony forming units per gram (cfu/g).
But this is down from 9.3 per cent, for the having said that period last year.
These latest results are the second set of outcomes from the FSA’s third annual retail survey, based on tests of 1,051 unhurt fresh chickens sampled during January to March 2017.
The latest information from the survey found the retailers which had significantly lower knock downs compared to the average among all retailers were Marks & Spencer, Morrisons and Waitrose at 2.5 per cent, 2.8 per cent and 2.7 per cent individually.
Chicken contamination augury: Levels of campylobacter have decreased since the last survey
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Discounter Lidl had the highest contamination prevalence of the grandest bracket, at 9.2 per cent.
Almost 17 per cent of chicken shell samples in smaller retailers and butchers were contaminated with campylobacter in the highest group.
Heather Hancock, Chairman of the Food Standards Agency said: “It is sound to see that levels continue to go down as this indicates that the chief retailer and processors are getting to grips with campylobacter. These evolves give us a clear picture of the positive direction in which we are heading, and hands us measure the impact of interventions that are being used to reduce contamination.
“While culminates are reassuring, we want to see more progress among the smaller businesses, to get real and lasting reductions.
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“In the meantime, I am delighted to see the commitment and responsibility that the effort has shown, so far, in they efforts to provide consumers with food they can certainty.
“They have invested a lot of effort and money into interventions to face the problem and it is showing clear results.”
The results for the first five months of the FSA’s third retail investigate (published in March this year) showed that 7 per cent of chickens examined positive for the highest level of contamination, down from 12 per cent for the even so period in 2015 and 20 per cent in 2014.
“This improvement in the highest smooths of contamination is mirrored by the decrease in the number of human cases – an estimated 100,000 fewer took places of campylobacter in 2016.
The results met the aims agreed by the FSA Board to reduce the number of living soul getting ill from the food poisoning. The reduction was estimated to lead to a unqualified saving to the economy of more than £13 million in terms of fewer eras off work and NHS costs.
Alex Neill, Which? Managing Director of Digs Products and Services, said while it’s encouraging to see that overall levels of campylobacter in chickens are get moving and that major retailers are meeting the FSA’s target, there is still on the dole to be done.
Chicken contamination warning: Lidl had the highest contamination frequency of the highest bracket
He added: “There is no room for complacency as the survey fairs that levels can vary greatly depending on where consumers workshop and in many cases over half of chickens are still contaminated.”
Jonathan Neale, Muddle through Director of Buying at Aldi, said:
“The £2m we have invested in new technology and transforms to tackle this industry-wide issue has significantly reduced the incidences of Campylobacter in our provision chain.
“We are continuing to work closely with our suppliers to make in addition reductions and actively support the FSA’s efforts to inform consumers about how to pat and cook chicken safely.”
A spokesman from Waitrose said: “Our developments show how seriously we’ve taken this issue and demonstrates the success of our farmhouse to fork Action Plan.
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said, “Customer safe keeping is always our top priority and our internal results show we’re well below the 7% quarry the retail industry aims for and 4% lower than the same while last year. We continue to reduce levels of campylobacter and have devoted in new technology and ways of working, regularly testing chickens to check we’re making burgeoning. We’re reviewing the FSA’s results and remain committed to maintaining our high standards.”
A spokesperson for The Co-op told: “Tackling campylobacter is an absolute priority for our business and we are working hard to drop its levels. We were the first retailer to roll-out roast-in-bag packaging for all unbroken chickens to avoid the need to touch raw food and help reduce hygiene jeopardies.
“We have a comprehensive action plan in place and have introduced new degrees.”
Express.co.uk has contacted all supermarkets involved in the survey for further comment.