Polish poultry meat sector insists products are safe

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Representatives from the poultry meat sector in Poland have responded to reports in the United Kingdom about the risk of Salmonella in products.

Broadcaster ITV and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism said UK food safety chiefs were considering banning some poultry products from Poland because of Salmonella.

The National Poultry Council – Chamber of Commerce and Polish Meat Association hit back at the claims, saying that Polish poultry meat “was, is and will continue to be safe.” They added national production standards result from rigorous European regulations and quality procedures implemented by companies operating in Poland.

“We would like to remind you that state institutions constantly supervise breeding and production conditions at every stage. They carry out many control procedures and ensure that products are fully safe for consumers’ health.

“The entire process is overseen by veterinarians who supervise flocks daily, as well as the Veterinary Inspection, which inspects animals and meat obtained from them. Polish producers have worked long and hard to gain their position and would never allow themselves to question the reputation of Polish poultry on global markets.”

In 2023, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said there had been 200 cases of salmonellosis in the UK caused by different strains of Salmonella Enteritidis linked to poultry meat and eggs from Poland. The agency has investigated more than 90 incidents in the past two years, with two outbreaks linked to eggs and three to poultry meat from Poland in 2023.

 

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