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Chicken often contaminated with Campylobacter
Chicken is often contaminated with Campylobacter. Before Salmonella, the germs are now the most common bacterial pathogen of diarrhea in Germany. This was confirmed by the results of the official food surveillance in 2016, which the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) recently presented.
EU-wide guidelines for action in poultry herds were apparently successful for salmonella: the exposure to salmonella was similarly low as in the previous year: just under 5 percent of the fresh chicken meat and just under 7 percent of the carcasses were contaminated. In addition, the inspectors examined 304 samples of raw milk from dispensers directly from the farmer. Health-related germs such as listeria were detected in 10 percent, and every fifth sample had a high total bacterial load.
Whether poultry meat or raw milk - the consumer can significantly minimize the health risk in his own household. For example, poultry meat should only be eaten well cooked through. Pay attention to hygiene when processing. Clean all kitchen appliances that come into contact with raw poultry thoroughly with hot water and detergent or in the dishwasher at a minimum of 60 degrees. The hands must also be washed thoroughly. Raw milk should be boiled before consumption.
In 2016, official food surveillance checked over 519,000 companies and evaluated more than 376,000 food samples. Food surveillance in Germany is risk-oriented. This means that companies with a higher risk are checked more often. Similar to previous years, the inspectors found violations in every fourth company. Complaints were generally made about general industrial hygiene (49%), food labeling and presentation (25%) and deficiencies in hygiene management (22%).
Heike Kreutz, respectively