Amendment to Regulation (EC) No 2073/2005 as regards Campylobacter

Regulation (EU) 2017/1495 of 23 August 2017 adds an additional process hygiene criterion for Campylobacter spp. to Regulation (EC) 2073/2005. A limit of 1000 CFU/g was set for the carcasses of broilers. EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority, estimates that this measure could reduce the risk to public health regarding the consumption of broilers by more than 50 percent.

The full text of the Regulation is available here.

Regulation (EU) 2017/1495 has been effective by 1 January 2018

Additional costs for food companies should be kept as low as possible. Therefore, the sampling plan for Campylobacter is based on the testing plan for Salmonella. The same samples (neck skin samples from poultry carcasses) may be used for both Salmonella and Campylobacter tests.

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Background information

Campylobacter, in particular Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli, may cause Campylobacter enteritis. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), this diarrhoeal disease, with more than 70 000 cases transmitted in 2016, is one of the most common bacterial notifiable diseases in Germany. A similar trend is also becoming apparent in Europe.

A transmission of bacteria between animals and humans is possible. According to studies, most Campylobacter infections are caused by eating animal food, especially poultry meat. A corresponding infection is usually due to insufficient heating of the meat or poor kitchen hygiene due to cross-contamination.