Food Standards Agency
Publication of Year 4 campylobacter retail chicken survey
We have published the report of the Year 4 survey measuring campylobacter levels in whole, UK-produced, fresh chicken.
The FSA has published the Year 4 report for the UK retail chicken survey which took place between August 2017 and July 2018. Samples were collected every quarter but after the first quarter only minor retailers were tested. The UK’s top nine retailers have carried out their own sampling since September 2017.
The report found that high level campylobacter contamination in UK chickens has decreased considerably, but remains high in smaller retailers, independents and butchers.
Rebecca Sudworth, Director of Policy at the Food Standards Agency, said:
“Retailers have achieved significant reductions in levels of campylobacter contamination since the retail chicken survey began in 2014. The FSA will continue to engage with industry and particularly smaller retailers, butchers and independents to build on this progress."
Chicken is safe as long as you follow good hygiene and cooking practices.
- cover raw chicken and store at the bottom of the fridge so juices cannot drip onto other foods and contaminate them with food poisoning bacteria such as campylobacter
- don’t wash raw chicken - thorough cooking will kill any bacteria present, including campylobacter, while washing chicken can spread germs by splashing
- thoroughly wash and clean all utensils, chopping boards and surfaces used to prepare raw chicken
- wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water, after handling raw chicken - this helps stop the spread of campylobacter by avoiding cross-contamination
- make sure chicken is cooked thoroughly and steaming hot all the way through before serving. Cut into the thickest part of the meat and check that it is steaming hot with no pink meat and that the juices run clear.
Latest News from
Food Standards Agency
Meat producer has fine increased by £25,000 after court rejects appeal22/08/2019 16:20:00
Bowland Foods Limited receives increased fine of £62,000 after being convicted of public health failures in May
More people using food hygiene ratings scheme, latest public attitudes tracker shows01/08/2019 16:20:00
Official statistics published yesterday by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) show that the food hygiene rating scheme (FHRS) is being used more than ever before to assess food hygiene standards.
Food and You wave five survey report for Wales published30/07/2019 09:10:00
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published the Wales findings for wave five of the Food and You survey.
FSA appoints new Chief Executive15/07/2019 14:33:00
Emily Miles will be the new CEO at the Food Standards Agency.
Open Meeting of Welsh Food Advisory Committee08/07/2019 17:10:00
The Welsh Food Advisory Committee of the Food Standards Agency is holding its next open meeting in Cardiff on Wednesday 10 July 2019.
Tipton meat cutting plant ordered to pay over £18,000 for hygiene breaches08/07/2019 10:15:00
Noor Halal Foods Ltd pleaded guilty to ID mark failings and a hygiene offence at the site.
Update on investigation into food supply chain linked to listeria27/06/2019 10:25:00
Investigation continuing into foods linked to listeria infections in hospitals.
FSA welcomes new allergen labelling law26/06/2019 10:25:00
The Food Standards Agency Chair Heather Hancock has welcomed the announcement of a new allergen labelling law to help further protect the UK’s two million people living with food allergy, made yesterday by Environment Secretary Michael Gove.