Occurrence and multidrug resistance of Campylobacter in chicken meat from different production systems

Nânci Santos‐Ferreira, Vânia Ferreira*, Paula Teixeira

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Abstract

Campylobacter is the leading bacterial cause of diarrheal disease worldwide and poultry remains the primary vehicle of its transmission to humans. Due to the rapid increase in antibiotic resistance among Campylobacter strains, the World Health Organization (WHO) added Campylobacter fluoroquinolone resistance to the WHO list of antibiotic‐resistant “priority pathogens”. This study aimed to investigate the occurrence and antibiotic resistance of Campylobacter spp. in meat samples from chickens reared in different production systems: (a) conventional, (b) free‐range and (c) backyard farming. Campylobacter spp. was detected in all samples from conventionally reared and free‐range broilers and in 72.7% of backyard chicken samples. Levels of contamination were on average 2.7 × 103 colony forming units (CFU)/g, 4.4 × 102 CFU/g and 4.2 × 104 CFU/g in conventionally reared, free‐range and backyard chickens, respectively. Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli were the only species isolated. Distribution of these species does not seem to be affected by the production system. The overall prevalence of Campylobacter isolates exhibiting resistance to at least one antimicrobial was 98.4%. All the C. coli isolates showed resistance to ciprofloxacin and to nalidixic acid, and 79.5 and 97.4% to ampicillin and tetracycline, respectively. In total, 96.2% of C. jejuni isolates displayed a resistant phenotype to ciprofloxacin and to nalidixic acid, and 92.3% to ampicillin and tetracycline. Of the 130 Campylobacter isolates tested, 97.7% were classified as multidrug resistant (MDR).

Original languageEnglish
Article number1827
Number of pages11
JournalFoods
Volume11
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2022

Keywords

  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Backyard
  • Broilers
  • Campylobacter
  • Campylobacteriosis
  • Chicken
  • Free‐range

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