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Disease scare fails to dent consumption of chicken

by 5m Editor
14 August 2006, at 12:06pm

NEW ZEALAND - The chicken industry says sales have remained steady despite the scare about high rates of human campylobacter infection.

A University of Otago study that appeared last month said New Zealand's campylobacter rates were the world's highest. One finding was that up to 90 per cent of fresh raw chicken was contaminated when sold to consumers.

But the Poultry Industry Association's executive director, Michael Brooks, believes contamination rates are more like 30-40 per cent.

The association said some regions had seen a minor fluctuation in sales, but the overall trend remained steady.

It stressed that proper cooking of meat killed campylobacter.

Source: New Zealand Herald

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