What's New ? - 2022

What's New ? - 2022

UK: AMR survey of UK retail turkey meat

1 March, 2022

The Food Standards Agency has published the findings of a UK-wide survey of AMR in E. coli and Campylobacter bacteria from lamb and turkey meat on UK retail sale, as national efforts continue to tackle AMR as a strategic priority.
The report presents results of the surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in specific bacteria, i.e., Campylobacter and Escherichia coli (E. coli) from lamb and turkey meats on retail sale in the UK between October 2020 and February 2021.
Three pre-enriched turkey samples (1.43%), two from the UK and one from Germany yielded E. coi isolates with the mcr-1 transferable colistin resistance gene being detected using molecular genetic techniques. This is the first time that mcr plasmid-mediated colistin resistant E. coli have been isolated from retail turkey meat in the UK.
Campylobacter was isolated from 22 of 210 turkey samples (10.5%). Campylobacter contamination in excess of 1000 cfu/g is considered to represent a higher exposure risk for consumers, and this was found in only one sample (0.5% of samples overall). The majority of Campylobacter-positive turkey samples (6.2% of samples overall) contained between 10 and 99 cfu/g.

 

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