Germs in the kitchen: Campylobacter hardly known
Only every fifth consumer knows the Campylobacter pathogen. In the meantime, it is the most common bacterial pathogen of intestinal infections in Germany, ahead of Salmonella, according to the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in the current consumer monitor. Around 1,000 people aged 14 and over are interviewed for this regular survey. The BfR consumer monitor is intended to show how Germans assess health risks. It is particularly interesting whether the public perception deviates from the scientific assessment and whether one may have to communicate more and better about risks.
More than every second German trusts government agencies to protect health. Most of them are still convinced of the safety of the food on offer. If consumers are specifically asked about possible health risks, they primarily mention salmonella (95%), genetically modified food (92%), antibiotic resistance (89%) and residues of pesticides in their food (87%). 82 percent of those questioned know about mold poisoning and 69 percent each of mineral oils and microplastics in food. After all, 67 percent are aware that aluminum can be released from menu trays. However, other risks that are relevant to health are often underestimated. These are, for example, pyrrolizidine alkaloids in teas and honey, of which only 26 percent have heard. Few people are concerned about risks such as food hygiene at home (17%) and Campylobacter in food (11%).
Especially when it comes to Campylobacter, more attention is needed. Because the consumer himself can minimize the health risk. This pathogen can occur, for example, in insufficiently heated poultry meat and raw milk. When processing poultry meat in the household, special attention must be paid to hygiene: Always cook the poultry through. Clean all kitchen appliances that come into contact with raw poultry thoroughly with hot water and detergent or in the dishwasher at a minimum of 60 degrees. And always wash your hands thoroughly. Heike Kreutz, respectively