Date
20 October 2017
Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer have launched emergency investigations into their chicken sources in Britain. Photo: Bloomberg
Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer have launched emergency investigations into their chicken sources in Britain. Photo: Bloomberg

UK supermarkets probe poultry contamination claims

Three British supermarket chains are investigating their chicken sources after claims that suppliers are flouting hygiene rules designed to stop the spread of the potentially deadly campylobacter bacteria, the Guardian reported Friday.

The newspaper said it had video evidence and witness testimony that rules to prevent contamination are being broken in chicken factories and farms.

Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer have launched emergency investigations into their chicken sources.

The bacteria sickens around 280,000 people and kills about 100 in Britain each year, the report said.

Contamination rates have been on the rise in the last decade and the bacteria is present in two-thirds of British fresh chicken sold in the UK, it said.

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