A Food Standards Agency (FSA) report it was revealed that three quarters of chickens sold in shops are infected with a deadly bug.
The revelations came after a year long study.
Sample of 3000 chickens were used from major shopping channels used by the public.
The number of infections had increased from just under two thirds of the samples from last year, to three quarters for this year.
Asda was the worst culprit while tesco came last amongst the big chains.
dailyrecord.co.uk goes on to say…
…Supermarket giant Asda topped the league of shame with almost eight out of 10 fresh chickens affected.
FSA tests found one in three of the chain’s whole chickens had the highest levels of contamination. While at Morrisons, 75 per cent were infected and one in five tested positive for the highest levels of the bug.
Chickens from Britain’s biggest grocer Tesco had the lowest levels of the bug but almost seven out of 10 still tested positive.
Campylobacter is responsible for 280,000 cases of food poisoning a year and causes 100 deaths.
The FSA is now calling on supermarkets and farmers to clean up their acts.
Steve Wearne of the FSA said: “Campylobacter is killed by thorough cooking but the risk should not be left to consumers.”
Richard Lloyd of consumer watchdog Which? said the results were “unacceptable”.
Yesterday Asda said they were committed to finding a solution but there was “no quick fix.” While Morrisons said it was carrying out its own tests and had switched suppliers.
Both said they were also selling chickens in fridge to oven bags to reduce risk.
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