Sainsbury’s has recorded the worst Campylobacter in hen outcomes for the ultimate three months of 2020 carefully adopted by Tesco.
Figures come from the highest 9 retailers in the UK publishing the newest quarter of testing findings.
The Meals Requirements Company (FSA) threshold is 7 % of birds with greater than 1,000 colony forming models per gram (CFU/g) of Campylobacter.
Sainsbury’s reported 7 % of chickens sampled had been above 1,000 CFU/g within the fourth quarter of 2020 (4Q), in comparison with 2 % in 3Q, barely greater than 4 % in 2Q and about 3 % in 1Q 2020.
Larger ranges for Tesco; decrease for Asda
Tesco information from October to December 2020, together with 299 samples, confirmed 6 % had the very best stage of Campylobacter contamination. That is up from 2 % in July to September and three % in April to June however down from 9 % in January to March 2020.
Campylobacter is the commonest explanation for bacterial meals poisoning within the UK and the dose wanted to make individuals sick may be as little as a couple of hundred cells.
The FSA used to publish information from these high meals retailers on Campylobacter in recent shop-bought UK-produced chickens however stopped after the second quarter of 2019.
Asda reported 1.8 % examined constructive for the very best stage of contamination within the newest quarter. Figures for the primary quarter of 2020 confirmed 9.2 % above the highest stage of contamination whereas it was 4.1 % in 2Q and seven.7 % in 3Q. In all of 2020, 5 % of birds had been above 1,000 cfu/g.
Lidl recorded about 2.5 % of birds within the high contamination class which is down from 4 % in 3Q, above 6 % in 2Q and 5.5 % in 1Q of 2020.
Some retailers report no samples in high class
Aldi’s outcomes for 4Q had been the identical as 2Q when no chickens had been within the above 1,000 cfu/g class. Within the third quarter, 0.6 % of birds had been on this bracket and the determine was 2.8 % within the first three months of this previous 12 months.
Co-op outcomes for the newest quarter present the identical determine because the interval earlier than with 0.9 % of chickens sampled having contamination at ranges larger than 1,000 cfu/g. That is up from zero in 2Q however down from 1.8 % in 1Q of 2020.
A complete of 0.8 % of Morrisons chickens had the very best stage of contamination from 125 birds examined. For the complete 12 months, 1.3 % of birds had been above this quantity.
For Marks and Spencer chickens, 2 % had been within the most class in October, 3 % in November and a couple of % in December. In the entire 12 months, 3 % of birds had been contaminated above 1,000 cfu/g.
Waitrose ranges for the quarter fell again to zero, as in 1Q and 2Q, from 1 % of samples above 1,000 cfu/g in 3Q.
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