Salmonella prevalent in Germany
A survey of several hundred poultry farms by the
Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) found that almost one in three layer
flocks and one in six broiler flocks is infected with
There were considerable differences in the results according to farm size.
On egg farms, the larger concerns had the highest rates of infection: some two
thirds of premises with over 30 000 birds were infected. In the broiler sector
it was the smaller farms, with up to 10 000 birds, and the very large ones, with
over 100 000, that were worst affected.
The BfR told offending egg producers to clean up their act. If they are not
free of salmonella by 2009, their eggs will only be allowed to be sold
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