Poor poultry hygiene in Belgium
Just four of the 70 samples tested were judged to be very good when it came to food hygiene standards.
The consumers’ association Test-Aankoop found that more than half of the 70 chicken products and raw chicken it bought in the country’s supermarkets and butchers had poor standard of food hygiene.
Meanwhile, just four of the 70 samples tested were judged to be very good when it came to food hygiene standards.
Many other samples of raw chicken and chicken based products tested were found to contain diseases such as salmonella and campylobacter.
Test-Aankoop's Ivo Mechels told the VRT that bacteria such as salmonella are responsible for the vast majority of ailments that are passed on to humans from animals.
Around a third of the chicken tested was no longer fresh enough to be sold safely.
Over-chilling is a major cause of chicken becoming unsafe for sale.
At almost all the shops tested there was either no thermometer or where there was one it was not easily visible to the customers.
The organisation has called on the Federal Food Safety Agency to carry out more checks on the poultry sold in the nation’s shops.
Jacques Viane of the Association of Poultry, Egg and Rabbit Farmers told the VRT that he is not surprised by the results of the survey.
Mr Viane added that his members are doing all they can to improve the situation.