The Waitrose grocery chain blamed factors outside the control of the retailer and its supply base for poor Campylobacter in chicken results.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) maximum target level is up to 7 percent of birds with more than 1,000 colony-forming units per gram (CFU/g) of Campylobacter.

Waitrose and Partners reported that 7.1 percent of chickens tested positive for Campylobacter above 1,000 CFU/g from October to December 2023.

“This is unusually high compared to our previous results, but the levels of Campylobacter can be adversely influenced by seasonal changes and localized weather conditions, such as unusually damp or foggy

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The number of Campylobacter cases reported in 2023 in Austria remained stable compared to the year before, according to recently released statistics.

In 2023, 6,271 cases of campylobacteriosis were reported. This is similar to the 6,295 cases in 2022. After a significant decline in 2020, the number of infections rose but remained below levels seen before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Almost a quarter of the sick people were hospitalized in 2023 and eight deaths were registered.

In all federal states except for Salzburg, Tyrol, and Vienna, there was a decrease in incidence compared to the previous year.

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According to recently released figures, the number of Campylobacter cases in England decreased in 2022.

Reported infections fell from 55,642 in 2021 to 54,461 cases in 2022, a decrease of 1,181.

Data comes from the UK Health Security Agency’s (UKHSA) Second Generation Surveillance System and the Gastrointestinal Infections and Food Safety (One Health) (GIFSOH) division’s eFOSS (electronic foodborne and non-foodborne outbreak surveillance system).

Overall, 54 percent of cases were male, and the most affected age group was the 50 to 59-year-old category, accounting for 15 percent of laboratory reports.

The region that reported the most Campylobacter lab reports was the

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According to an analysis, the disease burden and associated costs caused by selected pathogens in the Netherlands increased in 2022.

Each year, RIVM investigates how many people become sick or die from gastrointestinal infections by examining 14 pathogens. These are mainly transmitted through food, but people can also come into contact with them in the environment or through animals or other people.

The disease burden from the 14 pathogens was higher than in 2021 and 2020 but still lower than in 2019 when the COVID-19 pandemic began. This increase means the burden is nearly the same as pre-COVID-19 levels

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The number of broiler flocks positive for Campylobacter in Norway increased in 2023 but is still at low levels, according to the latest data.

Surveillance in 2023 showed that 128 flocks, or 6.1 percent, were positive for Campylobacter.

This is from tests on broiler flocks slaughtered before 51 days of age during May and October by the owner or keeper. There was no information shared on the levels of Campylobacter detected.

The action plan on Campylobacter in Norwegian broilers has been running since 2001. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet) is responsible for implementing the surveillance program, while the Norwegian

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Campylobacter infection is more often of domestic origin in Finland than previously thought, according to scientists.

To identify sources for domestic Campylobacter infections, researchers analyzed patient data from the Finnish Infectious Disease Register (FIDR) in 2004 to 2021 and outbreak data from the National Food- and Waterborne Outbreak Register (FWO Register) in 2010 to 2021. They also conducted a case-control study involving 256 patients and 756 controls with source attribution and patient sample analysis using whole-genome sequencing (WGS) in July and August 2022. 

To target control measures, more detailed information on the sources of Campylobacter infection in Finland is needed, according to the

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According to scientists, no interventions precisely control Campylobacter on meat.

Several methods have been tested with mixed success. Some showed promise in reducing prevalence in specific stages of production, while others had little to no effect.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) document found effective Campylobacter interventions are still minimal.

The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on Microbial Risk Assessment (JEMRA) previously released a report on measures to control Salmonella in poultry meat.

The final report on Campylobacter is also available in the Microbiological Risk Assessment (MRA) series. Scientists reviewed data on Campylobacter control, including

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Updated data in Europe shows resistance to commonly used antimicrobials was frequent in Salmonella and Campylobacter isolates from humans. 

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said findings and trends were consistent with previous years.

When antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs in bacteria present in animals and food that cause human infections, it can also compromise the effectiveness of treatment of infectious diseases in people. The ECDC analyzed data on isolates from human cases. Data were provided by the 27 EU member states and Northern Ireland, Iceland, Norway, North Macedonia, and Switzerland.

The report covers 2021 to

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According to a multi-agency analysis, a decline in antimicrobial consumption in Europe has been associated with a drop in overall antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Findings come from a report looking at the usage of antimicrobial agents and the occurrence of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria from humans and food-producing animals, such as broilers, turkeys, cattle under one year of age, and pigs.

It included data from 2019 and 2021 on antibiotic consumption and AMR in Europe. It was published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), and the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

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More details about the impact of seven kinds of foodborne infections in Europe in 2022 have been released.

The reports cover Campylobacter, Salmonella, Yersinia, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), Listeria, Shigella, and Hepatitis A. They were published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Listeria and STEC are increasing in Europe and the European Economic Area (EEA), and in 2022, they were at higher levels than before the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For listeriosis, one explanation for this trend is the growing elderly population, who are at higher risk of severe disease. The rise in STEC cases is partly due

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