Sumary of Sainsbury’s Campylobacter rates in chicken hit FSA threshold:
- The Food Standards Agency (FSA) threshold is 7 percent of birds with more than 1,000 colony forming units per gram (CFU/g) of Campylobacter..
- Sainsbury reported 7 percent of chickens sampled were above 1,000 CFU/g in the fourth quarter of 2020 (4Q), compared to 2 percent in 3Q, slightly more than 4 percent in 2Q and about 3 percent in 1Q 2020..
- Campylobacter is the most common cause of bacterial food poisoning in the UK and the dose needed to make people sick can be as low as a few hundred cells..
- The FSA used to publish data from these top food retailers on Campylobacter in fresh shop-bought UK-produced chickens but stopped after the second quarter of 2019..
- Some retailers report no samples in top categoryAldi results for 4Q were the same as 2Q when no chickens were in the above 1,000 cfu/g category…