Food watchdog warning on contaminated chickens

Posted On: 
27th November 2014

Almost three quarters of shop-bought chickens are contaminated with a bug that can cause food poisoning, the Food Standards Agency has found.

A new report by the food industry watchdog found that 70% of fresh chickens tested positive for the presence of Campylobacter, a rise on the 59% recorded in its last study.

The body said 78% of Asda's chickens were contaminated with the bacteria, while 73% of the Co-operative's chickens tested postive.

Labour called on retailers to take the matter "extremely seriously".

"After the horsemeat scandal and the recent allegations of hygiene failings in the poultry industry the Government must show leadership and restore confidence in the food sector,"

Shadow Food Minister Huw Irranca-Davies said.

"The Government must ensure that a transparent FSA puts the consumer first and is able to challenge the industry to improve standards."