EFSA publishes survey on Salmonella levels in EU
The European Food Safety Authority conducted a survey
in 2005-2006 on the levels of Salmonella detected in broiler flocks across the
EU. Results and findings, which show that Salmonella is present in nearly 1 in 4
flocks, have been published.
The survey, compiled by EFSA's Zoonoses Task Force, estimated Salmonella
to be present in almost 23.7%
of broilers in the EU. An
EU-wide reduction target has now been set by the European Commission for both Salmonella Enteritidis
and Salmonella Typhimurium. These are responsible for most cases of salmonella-related
food poisoning in humans.
The Task Force is advising that action be taken on a national level, as
well as consumer education campaigns and strict implementation of EU food
hygiene legislation to further increase consumer protection.
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