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A Microbiological Survey of Campylobacter Contamination in Fresh Whole UK Produced Chilled Chickens at Retail Sale


<p>A pilot study is underway in preparation for a microbiological survey to determine both the presence and level of campylobacter contamination on whole raw chicken at retail sale in the UK.</p>

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<p>Background: The results of the survey should allow benchmarking to determine if changes of practice at the slaughterhouse are reflected in a reduction of contamination at retail. The survey will also determine the extent of contamination on the exterior of packaging, which can also present a health risk. The results will help us to assess the impact of the introduction of leak-proof packaging for whole raw chicken. </p>

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