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Parliamentary questions
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3 July 2018
E-003671-18
Question for written answer E-003671-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Karin Kadenbach (S&D) , Bart Staes (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Poultry post mortem and Campylobacter
 Answer in writing 

A study by Ewa Pacholewicz of Utrecht University entitled Influence of food handlers’ compliance with procedures of poultry carcasses contamination: A case study concerning evisceration in broiler slaughterhouses compared two slaughterhouses with different levels of good hygiene practice and post-mortem inspection. It showed carcases visually contaminated after evisceration have a significantly higher level of microbiological contamination, including E.coli and, therefore, Campylobacter, than visually clean carcases.

The difference in contamination, it proved, was caused by disparities between correct adjustment of evisceration equipment and was affected by whether contaminated carcasses or their parts, with visible faecal contamination, were removed.

Slaughterhouse A hardly ever carried out the above; slaughterhouse B, which produced fewer visually and heavily microbiologically contaminated carcases, frequently did.

Does the Commission agree that:

Carcases visually contaminated with faeces have a significantly higher level of microbiological contamination?

If all poultry slaughterhouses worked as slaughterhouse B did, the level of microbiological contamination would be significantly reduced?

If Regulation (EC) No 853/2004, Annex III, Section II required any visible contamination to be removed from poultry carcases, without any delay caused by trimming or alternative means having an equivalent effect, a significant reduction in microbiological contamination and Campylobacter infection would be achieved?

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