Feedback requested on NZ campylobacter limits

By Chloe Ryan

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MPI last amended the target limits for broiler chicken processors in January 2013
MPI last amended the target limits for broiler chicken processors in January 2013

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New Zealand broiler chicken processors are being invited to provide feedback on proposed options designed to reduce campylobacter.

The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) is consulting to see whether there is any need to change the current campylobacter target limits, established as part of MPI’s monitoring of the food poisoning bacteria.

MPI last amended the target limits for broiler chicken processors in January 2013, and agreed to review the target after at least a year’s data had been collected.

Now that time has passed, the MPI wants to hear from processors about the different options included in the consultation​, which include retaining current limits, introducing additional measures to assist businesses with meeting the performance targets, and ways to improve the performance of premises not meeting the targets.

Paul Dansted, MPI’s acting director Systems Audit, Assurance and Monitoring, said that while there have been significant improvements int the control of campylobacter, performance targets need to be continually improved.

"Since campylobacter performance targets were introduced in 2008, we’ve seen a 50% in the number of notified cases of people infected with campylobacter and a significant decrease in birds testing positive for the bacteria,"​ he explained.

Consultation on proposals for campylobacter performance targets is open until 8 May.

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