The Food Standards Agency recently released details of results from testing of Campylobacter levels in chickens sold by the top 9 retailers in the UK. The results showed that the number of chickens testing positive for the highest levels of contamination is lower than previous testing. This reflects a continued lowering of levels over time.
Campylobacter is the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK and since 2014 the Food Standards Agency have been working closely with all levels of the food chain to reduce the amount found in raw chickens purchased by consumers.
Between 2014 and September 2017, the tests were conducted by the Food Standards Agency. Tests are now carried out and the results published by the retailers, however strict protocols are set by the Food Standards Agency.
Further information is available from the Food Standards Agency.