The bacterium Campylobacter is found everywhere in nature and poses a health problem throughout the world.
Fortunately, it is easy to avoid the bacteria through good kitchen hygiene, where meat and vegetables are kept separate and where meat is cooked well done.
The efforts against the bacterium have been intensified, and ROSE Poultry participates through the trade association Dansk Slagtefjerkræ in a nationwide survey of why the problem is greater in some periods than in others. The first results show that day-old chicks do not have the bacteria at all, therefore focus must be on possible sources of infection during childhood.
20% of Danes who get sick by Campylobacter have been infected during travel abroad. Most outbreaks are caused by unpasteurized or defective pasteurized milk or contaminated drinking water. In Denmark, meat of poultry, pigs, cattle and lamb and contact with pets is the cause of 75% of all cases.
The types of Campylobacter: Jejuni and Coli are the most common amongst humans. The symptoms are usually diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and fever.