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Raw poultry and pork contaminated with high levels of bacteria in Kenya

A scientific study from the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) reported that raw poultry and pork meat sold in supermarkets could be contaminated with different microorganisms. So, this is of great interest to consumers and producers since the study found a high risk of bacterial contamination and the spread of foodborne illnesses.

A total of 393 samples were collected from supermarkets, of which 206 were from raw poultry and 187 from pork. The results showed that 96.6 percent of chicken and 98.4 percent of pork meat samples were contaminated with high levels of bacteria.

Also, the study detected an increase in Antimicrobial Resistant (AMR) pathogens, which is considered a new public health issue in Kenya that is under investigation.

The research was published in the Journal of Antibiotics and conducted at the World Animal Protection Center for Microbiology Research and Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). The team consisted of Patrick Muinde, John Maina, Kelvin Momanyi, Victor Yamo, John Mwaniki, and John Kiiru.

The researchers said, “It is essential to enforce high standards of food hygiene and sanitation throughout the supply chain, especially at the time of slaughter and packaging, to prevent the introduction of bacteria to the food and the subsequent spread of foodborne pathogens.”pork

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