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Food poisoning bug found in 73% of shop-bought chickens

Nearly three-quarters (73%) of fresh shop-bought chickens have tested positive for food poisoning bug campylobacter in a Food Standards Agency survey.

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FSA to publish latest chicken contamination report

The FSA has reported increasing rates of contamination Credit: Nick Ansell / PA Wire

The latest figures on levels of contamination in fresh, shop-bought chicken are due to be published by the Food Standards Agency today.

In February, the FSA reported that contamination of campylobacter - which causes the most common form of food poisoning in the UK - was up across the board, with every major retailer failing to meet reduction targets.

The FSA's survey has tested around 4,000 samples of whole chickens bought from UK retail outlets and smaller independent stores and butchers.

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