June 15, 2020


Tesco sees higher percentage of Campylobacter contamination in chickens in first quarter



9% of Tesco's chickens screened in the first quarter of 2020 were found to have the highest level of Campylobacter contamination, according to the supermarket chain.


The percentage is above 7% as set by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Tesco's benchmark of 5% of birds with more than 1,000 colony forming units per gram (cfu/g) of Campylobacter.


Tesco data shows 9% of 132 samples from January to March had the top level of contamination. It is double the percentage reported in the previous quarter.


A Tesco spokesperson said results for first quarter "were affected by a reduced sample size compared to previous tests." The levels of contamination are likely to fall to Tesco's "expected range in future," the spokesman added.  


- Food Safety News