UK retailers reveal Campylobacter results in early 2022

UK supermarkets have reported Campylobacter in their chicken results for the first quarter of 2022.

The data covers January-March 2022 for nine retailers of high levels of Campylobacter in fresh, store-bought chicken in the UK.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) limit is 7 percent of birds containing more than 1,000 colony-forming units per gram (CFU/g) of Campylobacter.

Scores were up in Tesco, Sainsbury, Aldi and Morrisons while Lidl and Asda reported lower levels of pollution compared to the previous quarter. Waitrose and collaboration numbers remain the same.

For Marks and Spencer, 4 percent were in the extreme category in January, 3 percent in February but 10 percent in March of the 376 chickens sampled.

In October 2021, 5% of chickens were above 1,000 CFU/g, 8% in November 2021 and 5% in December 2021 of the same amount of tested poultry.

More positive results
For Tesco, 3 percent of 302 samples were above 1,000 CFU/g in the first quarter of 2022 compared to 2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Sainsbury’s Campylobacter results for the first quarter of 2022 showed that 5 percent of chickens had levels of about 1,000 cubic feet/g compared to 3 percent in the previous quarter.

Aldi revealed that 4.2 percent of the chickens sampled were in the 1,000 CFU/g category above 1,000 compared to 3.3 percent in the previous quarter.

Morrison had nearly 6 percent of the chickens in the highest contamination level of the 101 birds tested compared to 4 percent of 123 samples in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Better or stable results

Lidl scored 2 percent of birds in the top category, down from 6 percent in the previous quarter.

Asda reported that 1 percent tested positive for the highest level of contamination in the last quarter, compared to 2 percent in the previous three months.

Waitrose and Co. had 1 percent of chickens that tested positive for Campylobacter at levels above 1,000 CFU/g for the second consecutive quarter.

Collaborative results for the second consecutive quarter showed no chickens were contaminated with levels above 1000 CFU/g.

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