Interventions aimed at reducing the risk of acquiring Campylobacter from poultry products

Food safety is one of the main priorities of the Nordic ministers for agriculture, fisheries and food and has been underlined by the ministers Greenland declaration. One of the hazards associated with food consumption is Campylobacter. In many countries the incidence of human campylobacteriosis has increased considerably and even extended salmonellosis in recent years. In some countries this increase has mainly been traced to the consumption and cross contamination from poultry products. Campylobacter has been the topic of several projects under the auspice of the Nordic Council of Ministers. This is the third workshop specifically on Campylobacter. The aim of the workshop presented in this report was to collect information and to exchange views on policies and interventions used in the Nordic countries to reduce the risk of acquiring Campylobacter from poultry products by bringing together experts from all Nordic countries in the field of food borne pathogens, risk analysis and production of poultry products. The expected outcome was comprehensive information on the Campylobacter situation in each of the Nordic countries concerning current or planned interventions and recommendations for future measures at lowering the risk of acquiring campylobacteriosis. The outcome of the workshop could underpin a Nordic position (Nordic arguments) in coming discussions regarding food safety issues in international forums.