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Food safety
Campylobacter in chickens: retailers failing to meet reduction targets

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PUBLISHING the results from the first two quarters of its year-long survey to investigate the levels of Campylobacter on fresh chickens last week, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) reported that 70 per cent of the chickens sampled tested positive for the presence of the bacterium. Eighteen per cent of chickens tested showed Campylobacter levels above 1000 colony-forming units (cfu) per gram, the highest classification of contamination. Six per cent of the chickens' packaging tested positive for Campylobacter, with one sample testing positive for the highest level of contamination.

The results also showed that none of the retailers …

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