Campylobacter in the food chain and in the environment

This co-project involving Evira’s Risk Assessment Research Unit, the Food and Feed Microbiology Research Unit and The Department of Food and Environmental Sciences of the University of Helsinki is financed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The aim of the project is to produce information for the risk management of Campylobacter and to develop follow-up programmes in the following ways, including amongst others:
1) clarifying how systematically Campylobacter occurs in batches of slaughtered broilers on individual farms,
2) producing information on the prevalence of campylobacter in swimming water,
3) producing information on the occurrence and quantity of Campylobacter in fresh meat,
4) comparing the sensitivity of PCR-analysis and the cultivation method and
5) developing an assessment model of relative risks of exposure transmitted by meat from fresh broiler, turkey, beef and pork and the environment.

Research Group

Jukka Ranta (Evira)
Pirkko Tuominen (Evira)
Antti Mikkelä (Evira)
Manuel Gonzalez (Evira)
Marjaana Hakkinen (Evira)
Marja-Liisa Hänninen (UH)
Ann-Katrin Llarena (UH)

The project is carried out by

Evira
University of Helsinki

Other co-operating parties

Atria Suomi Oy
HK Ruokatalo Oy
Saarioinen Oy

Timetable

2012 - 2015

Financed by

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Evira, University of Helsinki