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Lidl's chicken with 70% resistant bacteria, according to OBA

Mairenis Gomez

June 18, 2024 | 4:30 pm

A study revealed that 70% of chicken sold at Lidl is contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, raising concerns about food safety

A recent study has revealed that 70% of lChicken meat sold at Lidl is contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This analysis, carried out on a European scale by several animal rights organisations, including the Animal Welfare Observatory (OBA), has raised alarms about food safety in the supermarket chain.

Lidl denies the study's accusations and defends the quality of its products

The study, carried out by a German laboratory accredited by DAkks, analyzed 142 Lidl own brand products in 22 establishments in Spain, Germany, Italy, Great Britain and Poland. In Spain, 71% of the samples analyzed were contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Products evaluated include chicken wings, ham, hind quarters, chicken carcass and chicken breast.

These findings are worrying since the germs detected, such as E.coli, Campylobacter and Listeria monocytogenes, can cause serious urinary tract infections, pneumonia, septicemia and digestive problems. Antibiotic resistance is a public health problem that causes approximately 35,000 deaths a year in Europe.

Lidl has strongly denied these accusations

The chain claims that its own analyses, along with those conducted by its suppliers, contradict the study's results. Lidl considers this report to be an attempt to discredit its image through false or unverified information. Furthermore, he maintains that the bacteria present in chicken meat are not a consequence of the breeding method of its suppliers, but rather represent a general challenge for the entire poultry industry.

Breeding conditions on Lidl supplier farms under the oba's magnifying glass

In addition, The OBA has denounced that the breeding conditions in some Lidl supplier farms are deplorable, with chickens crammed among excrement, which facilitates the spread of pathogens. Julia Elizalde, OBA campaign manager, highlights that they have recently discovered a "terror farm" in Burgos, linked to a Lidl supplier, where pigs with malformations were mistreated.

The OBA has transferred these findings to the Ministries of Social Rights, Consumption and Agenda 2030, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, requesting an investigation into the presence of resistant germs in Lidl's chicken meat. They have also requested that a public report be issued on the matter.

The company denies the accusations

Importance of thorough research and rigorous hygiene practices

It is essential that authorities conduct a thorough investigation and take measures to ensure food safety. In the meantime, I recommend consumers follow rigorous hygiene practices when handling and cooking chicken meat. Prevention and information are our best tools to protect our health and that of our loved ones.

In short, this study has generated a significant controversy about food safety at Lidl. The company denies the accusations, but animal rights and public health entities insist on the need for greater transparency and control in the poultry industry.

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