CHICKEN SUPERBUG CAN'T BE TREATED WITH ANTIBIOTICS. SEAN POULTER. Consumer Affairs Editor.

Superbug versions of Britain’s most common form of food poisoning have been found on fresh chickens in supermarkets.

Campylobacter is found at low levels on more than half of the chicken sold by major retailers, which can spread to humans through handling and a failure to cook the birds thoroughly.

The bug is responsible for an estimated 500.000 cases of illness in the UK a year with most of the cases thought to be linked to contaminated food.

More worrying is the fact that some of the strains of the bacteria have mutated to develop a resistance to antibiotic medicines used by doctors to treat severe illness.

Research from the Food Standards Agency & Public Health England found 41% of samples of one strain of Campylobacter & 52% of another had a resistance to one important antibiotic. And some 9.1% of one strain was resistant to at least three types of antibiotics which is also known as antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Grahame White