Campylobacter Cases Down

by 5m Editor
19 June 2007, at 11:18am

NEW ZEALAND - The poultry industry thinks that measures introduced last year to reduce the level of campylobacter infection on chicken farms and in processing plants may be starting to have an impact.

There has been a small reduction in the number of human cases of campylobacter for most months from August last year to April this year, compared with the previous eight months.

Poultry is one of the main sources of human infection from the food poisoning bacteria.

Poultry Industry Association executive director, Michael Brooks, says monitoring has shown a reduction of about 10 percent in campylobacter levels at processing plants.

And while it is too soon to prove a direct link between that and the reduced number of human cases, he says the industry hopes that the measures it introduced last year to minimise campylobacter in poultry are making a difference.


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5m Editor