Health for humans, animals & plants

Antibiotic-resistant germs in chicken meat - monitoring

Final Report of Priority Action A-800-20

The aim of the focus action was to check the Austrian market for the presence of antibiotic-resistant germs in chicken meat. 316 samples from all over Austria were examined:

  • ESBL/AmpC-forming Escherichia coli were detectable in 58 of the samples tested.
  • Carbapenemase-forming E. coli were not detectable in any of the samples.

This focus action was a monitoring action. Monitoring is carried out to obtain an overview of the status of compliance with specific food law issues. A simplified sampling procedure is used. If a violation of food regulations is suspected, the competent authority is informed. Monitoring samples do not result in any immediate action, but the authority takes action to determine the causes of the anomaly.

Last updated: 18.07.2022

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