Campylobacter is the major cause of human gastroenteritis in Australia each year. Chicken meat, whilst not the sole contributor, is accepted as one of the sources of this organism. A key goal of the AgriFutures Chicken Meat Program is to deliver safe food. A means of improving the safety of chicken meat for human consumption is timely detection of Campylobacter jejuni/coli on the finished product so that real time risk management strategies can be used in the processing plant.
This report describes the development, validation and use of new molecular detection techniques suitable for use in processing plants. These new techniques are designed to detect Campylobacter in carcass rinse samples on the same day that the samples are collected.