Infectious Diseases 2020

Infectious Diseases 2020

Campylobacter and consumer knowledge in Germany

Henke et al. BMC Public Health (2020) 20:336 28 March, 2020

Via performing a cross-sectional survey of over 1,000 consumers in Germany, researchers analyzed consumer knowledge about Campylobacter, Salmonella and Toxoplasma. According to findings, nearly 70% of respondents had never heard of Campylobacter, about 20% had heard of Campylobacter but did not know how to protect themselves, and close to 12% knew how to protect themselves from Campylobacter infections. Just over half of respondents (52.2%) who had at least heard of Campylobacter knew that Campylobacter was transmissible via meat. Interestingly, consumer knowledge of Toxoplasma was better compared with that of Campylobacter, and respondents seemed to be most knowledgeable about Salmonella.  Overall, consumers in Germany seemed to be poorly informed about Campylobacter and the transmission route via meat. Among the three pathogens, consumers were best informed about Salmonella.
These findings underscore the importance of making existing information materials more accessible to consumers in the future to not only improve their education and understanding of this subject matter, but also to reduce the incidence of Campylobacter infections.