Free-range birds' bacteria link

The Food Standards Agency has put the cat amongst the chickens byreleasing research indicating that organic and free-range birds are twiceas likely to carry a type of bacteria that could cause food poisoning.

Early findings by scientists at Bristol University showed that thewaterborne bacterium campylobacter, which is said to cause around 60,000cases of food poisoning a year in humans, was found in 100% of organicchickens, compared to 58% of those raised in sheds.

The research forms part of a

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