Chicken Campylobacter: More Supermarkets In UK Found To Be Contaminated With Toxic Chicken Campylobacter

Mar 02, 2015 10:47 AM EST | By Arlene Cruz

Chicken Campylobacter has caused alarming concern as the numbers of contaminated chickens continue to rise in the UK. Chicken Campylobacter becomes the top cause of bacterial gastrointestinal disease in Britain.

According to Food Standards Agency, a quarter million people are threatened to be affected with Chicken Campylobacter this 2015.

An investigation rolled out by FSA has found that three quarters or 75 percent of supermarket chickens are infested with the toxic bacteria. In the research, they found that one in every five chicken is infected with campylobacter.

FSA has reported chicken campylobacter to the following supermarkets as follows: Asda, 78.9 percent, Morrisons, 76.2 percent, The Co-operative, 75.6 percent, Marks & Spencer, 72.2 percent, Waitrose, 71.7 percent, Sainsbury's, 69.6 percent, and Tesco, 68. 2 percent, Food Safety News revealed.

Other small enterprises were also spotted to have contaminated chickens.  There was approximately 73 percent chicken infected with campylobacter when FSA did the investigation of 3,000 samples of fresh whole chilled chickens on a year time.

As reported by Daily Mail, chicken campylobacter has affected 280,000 people in UK. It also has killed 100 people yearly making it Britain's top cause of food poisoning.

With increasing number of people affected in Britain, the alarming indication has brought huge NHS treatment and as people continues to lose their jobs and becomes unproductive. It hit UK's government a stab of £900 million.

Chicken campylobacter is the leading cause of food poisoning in the UK. It is a deadly disease that can make one ill and even leads to one's death. Common symptoms of affected people include severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, and, sometimes, vomiting that usually attacks from two to ten days.

In serious cases, chicken campylobacter can lead to Guillain-Barré syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and reactive arthritis.

As the chicken campylobacter scandal has brought massive alarm in UK, the FSA reviewed possible interventions such as chemical washes in order to arrest the threat in the food industry.

However based on study, consumers remained cynical about the use of chemical baths and irradiation that are commonly used in the United States.

In a newer studies conducted by University of Aberdeen and the University of St. Andrews, better hygiene methods, vaccinations, freezing, steaming and feeding alternatives are seen as most possible solutions to arrest chicken campylobacter.

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