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Foodborne Campylobacter infections increase

by 5m Editor
3 January 2006, at 12:00am

EU - A general increase in reported cases of campylobacteriosis over the last few years in the EU&#39;s fifteen original member states indicates that food companies need to step up their safety procedures against the disease. The statistics are in the European Commission&#39;s first report on the persistence in the EU of a range of zoonoses, foodborne diseases that are transmissible from animals to humans. The report takes the pulse on the state of food safety in the EU, even as the bloc begins implementing tougher hygiene laws aimed at reducing outbreaks of diseases caused by contaminated products. European consumers have become increasing concerned about food safety. As a result the EU and regulatory authorities in member states have been increasing their regulation of the industry, resulting in more costs and greater public scrutiny of manufacturers&#39; operations. Recalls of products are also costly and impact on the company&#39;s brand image. In 2004 the 25 EU countries reported a total of 6,860 outbreaks of zoonoses, with 42,447 people affected. &quot;The information submitted on antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic bacteria indicated that animals and food of animal origin might serve as reservoirs for resistant bacteria with the risk of direct or indirect transfer of resistant bacteria to humans,&quot; the Commission found. <i>Source: Food Production Daily</i>

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