NZ leads the fight against campylobacter in poultry
New Zealand Food Standards Authority (NZFSA) says that
the country is leading the world in the fight against this bacteria in
"The world is watching with interest, and while we can't say the problem
has been solved, we're pleased the way things are going," says executive
director Andrew McKenzie. "Campylobacter
and the illness it causes is a problem in many
countries and New Zealand's battle against it is at the forefront of knowledge
of this bacterium."
New Zealand has been acknowledged for some time as having
among the highest recorded cases of campylobacteriosis in the developed world,
however, the reasons for the high rates are unclear. The strategy of the NZFSA
is to reduce the numbers of Campylobacter found on chickens.
In 2006, a
FAO/WHO group began looking into the issue and New Zealand was asked to lead,
with Sweden, the development of a new international code of hygiene.
says the NZFSA strategy is showing some areas of early promise. "We have said
all along that there is no simple answer and our research, as well as
international experience, is bearing this out. A data collection process for
monitoring of the prevalence of Campylobacter in flocks and on carcases is in
place and is giving us a robust base to measure the effectiveness of the
real-world interventions that are made. Without this, it's impossible to
determine what works effectively in a commercial environment."
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