What's New ? - 2020

What's New ? - 2020

50% of European chickens contaminated with antibiotic-resistant pathogens

29 October, 2020

More than every second chicken meat sample (51%) from the three largest poultry companies in Europe is contaminated with resistance to one or even several antibiotics at the same time, according to new study published on behalf of the environmental and consumer protection organization Germanwatch and Ärzte gegen Massentierhaltung. 
The study tested 165 chicken meat samples from the three largest groups in the EU, purchased among others from Lidl and Aldi in Germany, France, Poland, the Netherlands and Spain.
On average, more than every third chicken (35%) even carries antibiotic-resistant pathogens with resistance to critically important antimicrobials highest priority (CIA HP) into the food chain.
According to the survey, the samples from the poultry company PHW showed the highest contamination rate, with antibiotic-resistant pathogens found in 59 percent of the chicken meat samples. 
The PHW group includes the brands Wiesenhof (Germany) and Drobimex (Poland). Every fourth PHW sample carries MRSA into the food chain. Every third chicken meat sample of the PHW group (headquartered in Germany) shows resistance to CIA HPs.
Chicken meat from the French LDC group, with 57 percent of samples contaminated, proves to be hardly less contaminated than PHW meat. The LDC Group includes the brands Le Gaulois and Maitre Coq. For meat from the poultry company Plukon (Netherlands), one in three chicken samples contains antibiotic resistance, and one in four chicken samples also contains reserve antibiotic resistance. Plukon meat has the highest rate of ESBL-producing pathogens in the present comparison, notes the survey. The Plukon Group includes the brands Stolle and Friki.