Descriptive analysis of the results of the monitoring programme for Campylobacter in broiler flocks and broiler carcases in the UK

This programme aims to identify Campylobacter contamination and production practices within the UK broiler population to potentially target ways to controlling Campylobacter in slaughterhouses.

Background

The monitoring programme aims to identify differences in prevalence and/or levels of Campylobacter contamination and production practices within the UK broiler population which could potentially be used to target further and more intensive investigations aimed at identifying ‘protective’ factors in controlling Campylobacter in the slaughterhouse.

This report describes the epidemiology of the broiler slaughter batches collected from January 2016 through to March 2017 (inclusive) under project FS101126. 

A total of 622 carcases were sampled and enumerated for Campylobacter. Nineteen abattoirs, associated with eleven parent companies, participated in the survey.