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Icelandic Research on Chicken Raises Attention

Icelandic research on campylobacter infections in chicken indicate that flies have a large part in carrying the infection between birds. Both chicken farmers in Canada and the European Union have expressed interest in learning from the Icelandic experience.

Icelandic hens. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Skúli Einarsson, chairman of the Association of Icelandic Chicken Farmers, told Morgunbladid that Icelanders have had a better result in the fight against campylobacter infections than any other country in the world.

Usually, campylobacter infections are more common in the summer. Therefore suspicion arose that flies might have a part in spreading the infection between birds.

There is much to gain for chicken farmers to reduce campylobacter infections. It can usually be eliminated by freezing the meat, but then a lower price can be charged than when it is sold fresh.

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