Denmark seeks salmonella status
After being confirmed virtually salmonella-free,
Denmark's consumer minister, Carina Christensen, is to apply for special status
within the EU for Danish poultry meat.
If achieved, this special status would allow Denmark to ban imports of
poultry meat - mainly chicken - from EU countries with a higher incidence of salmonella
than the 1.6% level currently found in Danish
Denmark has the third lowest salmonella infection rate, behind Finland and
Sweden. According to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), salmonella
incidence in the EU-23 ranges from 68% to zero.
Danish farmers have invested heavily in an action plan against salmonella,
and some Danish broiler producers are demanding that Denmark, like Sweden and
Finland, receive special status.
However, not only would there be resistance from many member states to the
proposed special status, but there is also concern that special status would
push up Danish chicken prices, as Denmark is heavily dependent on exports to the
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