Australia struggles with Campylobacter
Concern over food poisoning caused by chicken meat has
heightened, and has led to a new production and processing standard for the
Food Standards Australia and New Zealand stated that the agency has
identified a need to address the rise in cases of campylobacter and salmonella
poisoning from chickens throughout Australia. It also said that there is
increasing concern that the level of antibiotics used in the poultry industry
could be making the bacteria resistant to treatment.
The new standard will put regulations in place to ensure that strict food
safety controls cover the entire poultry meat industry, from farm to fork.
Campylobacter is the most common cause of food poisoning and is on the
increase, with nearly 18,000 cases confirmed in Australia in 2007 (14,750 in
2002). This year, there have nearly been 8,000 cases.
Campylobacter was a topic that was also recently discussed at the World
Poultry Congress in Brisbane.
It is reported that experts within the industry believe it is impossible to
eliminate the bacteria from chicken meat, but that it is vital to find ways to
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