Potentially deadly bug found in seven in 10 chickens sold in UK supermarkets.

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Potentially deadly bug found in seven in 10 chickens sold in UK supermarkets.
27th November 2014

Co-op had the second highest levels followed by Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.
Tesco had the lowest rates of infection, with 64 per cent of tested birds being positive, 11 per cent at the highest levels.
Celebrity restaurateur and bestselling cookery author Prue Leith CBE told London Live’s Headline Interview people should learn how to cook and handle meat correctly.
“The producers don’t worry too much because the great thing is, if you cook the chicken properly, you’re safe enough,” she said.
“But the fact is if you touch a chicken which might have CAM or salmonella on it, you don’t wash your hands and the you go and touch something else that you’re not going to cook.”
The 74-year-old also highlighted living conditions as a catalyst for the spreading of poultry diseases.
“I really think it’s not just about not getting food poisoning, it’s about animal cruelty,” she added.
“Why should we subject animals to such horrific lives just so we can have a bit of roast chicken.”
Campylobacter is a food-poisoning bug that thrives in the gut and faeces of poultry and can cause infections in humans affecting around 280,000 people a year.
It also leads to an estimated 100 deaths in the UK annually.

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