Infectious Diseases 2021

Infectious Diseases 2021

New Zealand: Further testing programme to protect consumers

1 August, 2021

New Zealand Food Safety (NZFS) is extending a programme of testing to determine the extent of Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) in poultry flocks in New Zealand and to reduce the risk to consumers.
NZFS has been carrying out tracing and testing of poultry operations after SE was found at an Auckland poultry farm. These efforts have focused on egg producers. As a result, restrictions have been placed on three North Island egg layer operations, preventing potentially infected eggs from reaching consumers. The country's food safety body has expanded its testing programme for salmonella to include another 25 operations - which account for 80 per cent of eggs sold to the public.
NZFS said it believed the risk to consumers was low.