Germany: Salmonella found in one of six broiler farms
One in six broiler flocks in Germany is infected with
salmonella, according to a pilot survey conducted by the Federal Institute for
Risk Assessment (BfR).
The study, conducted under the European Commission's programme to reduce
pathogens in poultry meat, found that the observed infection rate in broiler
chickens was 17.5%, placing Germany in the upper range in comparison to other EU
A total of 408 flocks in all federal states with broilers were examined.
The samples were taken from flocks with between 750 and 24,000 chickens in line
with the EU provisions. The data from 378 flocks from farms with at least 5,000
chickens were then evaluated.
scientists identified 18 different types of Salmonella
. The study also examined which antibiotics the
individual strains are resistant to. Some of the pathogens were not sensitive to
up to 10 of the 17 antimicrobial substances examined.
The results of the study will be passed on to the European Food Safety
Authority (EFSA) for evaluation, together with data from other EU member states.
The goal is to develop a joint European strategy to control zoonotic agents and,
more particularly, Salmonella in poultry flocks.
"In order to reduce the risk to consumers of Salmonella infection from
poultry meat, the next step will be concerted action to markedly reduce the
Salmonella contamination of broiler stocks," said the BfR.
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