Chicken has been identified as the single largest source of campylobacter food poisoning in Scotland, according to a report by Food Standards Agency.

The research, led by Dr. Ken Forbes of the department of medical microbiology at the University of Aberdeen, intends to develop strategies to reduce food poisoning caused by campylobacter.

It stressed the need for intervention strategies in the broiler food chain and the need to identify infection routes from farm ruminants.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 124 Americans die of campylobacter infection every year and it is a common cause of diarrheal illness.