A new study reveals a severe germ load in chickens from Germany's largest poultry company.
The products were also sold at the discounters Lidl and Aldi.
60 percent of the
largest poultry company in Germany are contaminated
Chickens contain bacteria resistant to antibiotics
The poultry was also among the discounters
Kassel - shock for customers of
proves that chicken products from the largest poultry company in Germany are dangerous.
The contamination represents a great danger for humans. The products were also
nationwide at the discounters
The study was carried out in summer 2020 on behalf of the environmental and development organization “Germanwatch”.
The news portal Ruhr24 * also reported on the shocking results.
Chicken at Lidl and Aldi contaminated: Study checks the quality of chicken meat at discounters
The non-profit organization
is a non-profit development and environmental organization based in Bonn that is committed to global justice and environmental protection.
Together with the association “
”, the study was commissioned from the Department of Medical Microbiology at the National Reference Center (NRZ) at the Ruhr University in Bochum.
In August and September 2020, experts from the university tested
from the three largest poultry companies in the European Union.
The question of the
: How good is the quality of the chicken from the supermarket.
The results reveal a very high level of contamination in the chicken meat, which is also found at
Aldi * was
Chicken meat at Aldi and Lidl: Germanwatch published a study with similar results in 2019
Chickens at Lidl and Aldi are contaminated: Study focuses on cheap meat
, the testers took 165 samples from the “cheap range from
as well as from the
the corporations”, according to the results of the study.
comes from the German PHW Group, the French LDC Group and the Dutch Plukon Food Group.
To test the meat quality in different countries, the experts took samples from discounters and factory outlets in the following countries:
Chicken meat at Lidl and Aldi contaminated: All tested poultry companies fail
The results of the new
in every second sample from
and factory sales
This applies to the
from all three poultry companies tested.
The samples from the German PHW group show the greatest contamination at 60 percent.
MRSA pathogens (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) were also found in some samples from the PHW group.
According to the
this pathogen could cause
skin infections and pneumonia as well as blood poisoning.
MRSA occurs through the skin and above all carries a risk of infection for the elderly and sick.
No MRSA pathogens were found in the other two poultry companies.
The percentage of contamination with
from the three poultry companies:
The company's chicken product
Percentage of samples contaminated
PHW Group (Germany)
LDC group (France)
Plukon Food Group (Netherlands)
Chicken meat at Aldi and Lidl: Untreatable infectious diseases threaten
The chicken samples from
and the factory outlet were contaminated with germs that are resistant to
This means a double risk for customers.
On the one hand, Germanwatch warns in the study that the germs found can trigger serious infectious diseases in people.
Antibiotics are an effective drug against infectious diseases caused by bacteria.
You can save lives.
However, some pathogens mutate and develop resistance to different variants of the drug.
Then rarer types of antibiotics have to be prescribed - so-called reserve or emergency antibiotics.
The shocking thing about the results of the
: in every third
, pathogens were found that are also resistant to these rare emergency antibiotics.
In an emergency, patients can then not be treated with the drug.
Infection could lead to death.
Study: Chickens from EU poultry companies are spreading resistance to reserve antibiotics into our kitchens.
@EU_Commission decides: protect people or factory farming?
We demand: reserve antibiotics only for humans!
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- Germanwatch (@Germanwatch) October 27, 2020
Chicken meat at Aldi and Lidl: Germanwatch calls for no reserve antibiotics in factory farming
Germanwatch sees the reason for the contamination in the use of reserve antibiotics in animal breeding.
Chickens are usually given antibiotics as a precaution to prevent them from falling ill.
The frequent use of antibiotics increases the risk of developing resistant pathogens in the animals.
These get into people
via the sale at
i and Co.
In the course of the study, Germanwatch demands that poultry companies refrain from using reserve antibiotics that are so important for humans in animal breeding.
rates of resistance
- especially against reserve antibiotics -
Antibiotic resistance is an enormous
for people, "says
, animal husbandry expert at Germanwatch, according to Ruhr24.
"The more resistant pathogens are carried into the food chain and into our kitchens with chickens, the greater the health risk that these 'last resort' will lose their effectiveness," writes Germanwatch on its website.
Chicken meat at Aldi and Lidl: species-appropriate animal husbandry without antibiotics required
In addition to the abandonment of reserve antibiotics in factory farming, Gemanwatch also demands that “
husbandry procedures be
legally anchored” and “
” be prosecuted, reports Ruhr24.
As an alternative to the contaminated cheap chickens from Lidl and Aldi, Germanwatch advises “
or farm slaughter”.
* hna.de and ruhr24.de are part of the nationwide Ippen digital editorial network.