The Food Standards Agency (FSA) have come under fire from a consumer watchdog for keeping back the names of retailers believed to be selling chicken carrying a food poisoning bug.
Which? called for sellers to be named and shamed after the FSA found almost three fifths of fresh shop-bought chickens had the bug campylobacter.
The food poisoning bug was found in 59% of the birds tested by the FSA and identified outside of the packaging in a further 4% of the samples.
The survey will test 4,000 samples of whole chickens bought from UK retail outlets and smaller independent stores and butchers. The new results are for the first quarter and represent 853 samples.
The FSA said that previous studies carried out into the prevalence of the bug had also shown around two thirds of raw poultry carries it.
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