Cost-effectiveness of intervention measures against Campylobacter in broiler fattening - A systematic literature review

Abstract - Infections with Campylobacter are still one of the main sources of gastrointestinal diseases worldwide. Campylobacteriosis results in human suffering and significant economic losses amounting to 2.4 billion Euro in the EU-27. The consumption of chicken meat is the main source of infection. Although various intervention measures are known at the farm and slaughterhouse level, no sufficient reduction in Campylobacter prevalence on chicken meat has been achieved yet. To identify and assess cost-effective intervention measures for the German industry this paper conducted a systematic literature review. While a range of intervention measures is known, little research has addressed their cost-effectiveness. The existing scientific literature in this field reveals promising findings and specific research gaps. The recommended measures vary between studies, and results depend highly on country-specific factors and the underlying models. Cost-effectiveness of intervention measures has been scarcely analysed for Germany. A combination of measures will be necessary.

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