New limit for Campylobacter
Following publication of Regulation (EU) No 2017/1495 amending Regulation (EU) 2073/2005, limit was fixed for Campylobacter spp on Carcases of broilers.
According to the EFSA Scientific Opinion on the risk of human campylobacteriosis linked to broiler meat (5), published in 2010, it is likely that handling, preparation and consumption of broiler meat accounts for 20 % to 30 % of human cases of campylobacteriosis, while 50 % to 80 % can be attributed to the chicken reservoir as a whole.
The sampling plan for the criterion on Campylobacter should follow the same testing approach as for the process hygiene criterion set for Salmonella in poultry carcases.
Regulation recommends application of International Standard EN ISO 10272-2 which defines the horizontal method for enumeration of Campylobacter in food and feed stuffs as a reference method for verifying compliance with the criterion for Campylobacter in poultry carcasses for the official laboratories.
The limit is 1000 CFU/g.
This Regulation shall apply from 1 January 2018.
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