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EU seeks to reduce salmonella in broilers

New measures to combat the levels of Salmonella in chickens reared for meat production have been agreed on by the European Commission.

The measures - following the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) survey stating that Salmonella is present in 23.7% of European broiler flocks - that were discussed and agreed upon by veterinary experts at the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCOFCA) meeting set EU wide target for the reduction of Salmonella in broilers.
The conclusion of the meeting was that EU member states will be expected to reduce the prevalence of Salmonella in broilers to 1% or less by 2011. Additionally, as from 2010, only poultry meat which has been proved to be salmonella-free will be allowed to be marketed in the EU.
 
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