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Campylobacter levels hold steady

CAMPYLOBACTER levels in the nine largest retailers have shown little change when compared with the year before, the Food Standards Agency’s latest set of aggregated figures reveal.

The April-June results for this year are broadly identical to the same period a year earlier, with 59% of birds showing some form of contamination and 3.5% having the highest levels.

In this quarter Tesco recorded the most birds testing positive for campy, at 5%, while chickens sampled in the Co-op had the lowest, at 1.8%. The figure usually fluctuates between retailers each quarter.

Tom Wornham, the NFU board’s poultry chair said: “We’re pleased that progress has been maintained.

It’s recognition of the hard work, significant financial investment and commitment shown by the whole of the poultry meat food chain. However, this is no cause for complacency.”