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A recipe for disaster: outbreaks of campylobacteriosis associated with poultry liver pâté in England and Wales.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20727250     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Despite the frequency of Campylobacter as the principal cause of bacterial gastroenteritis in the UK, outbreaks attributed to this pathogen are rare. One hundred and fourteen general foodborne outbreaks of campylobacteriosis were reported to the Health Protection Agency from 1992 to 2009 with most occurring in food service establishments (64%, 73/114). Poultry meat (38%, 43/114) was the most commonly reported vehicle of infection, of which poultry liver pâté, and undercooking, were strongly associated with this pathogen. Notably, the number of outbreaks of campylobacteriosis linked to consumption of poultry liver pâté in England and Wales increased significantly from 2007 (74% as opposed to 12%, P<0·00001) with a preponderance of these occurring in December. These outbreaks highlight the hazards associated with inappropriate culinary practices leading to undercooking of poultry liver pâté and suggest that improving catering practice is an important last line of defence in reducing exposure to Campylobacter-contaminated products.
Authors:
C L Little; F J Gormley; N Rawal; J F Richardson
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-08-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epidemiology and infection     Volume:  138     ISSN:  1469-4409     ISO Abbreviation:  Epidemiol. Infect.     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-25     Completed Date:  2010-11-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8703737     Medline TA:  Epidemiol Infect     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1691-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Gastrointestinal, Emerging and Zoonotic Infections, Health Protection Agency Centre for Infections, London, UK. christine.little@hpa.org.uk
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Animals
Campylobacter / isolation & purification*
Campylobacter Infections / epidemiology*,  microbiology
Disease Outbreaks*
England / epidemiology
Food Microbiology*
Foodborne Diseases / epidemiology*,  microbiology
Gastroenteritis / epidemiology,  microbiology
Humans
Incidence
Liver / microbiology
Poultry
Wales / epidemiology

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