More common diarrhea pathogens, many of the German citizens is unknown

Widespread kitchen germ is unknown to many people

Although it is infections in the European Union, according to estimates, annually around nine million Campylobacter-is this the case of pathogens, to many people in this country are unknown. Salmonella know, however, almost all of the people who participated in a population survey of the Federal Institute for risk assessment (BfR).

Widespread kitchen germ-many people are not aware of

According to estimates, there are in the European Union each year, approximately nine million Campylobacter infections. These bacteria, which are here found on foods such as eggs and chicken meat, can cause disease in humans diarrhea. For people with weakened immune system the pathogens can be sometimes dangerous to life. Nevertheless, the widespread kitchen germs are unknown to most people, as a recent survey has shown.

Although Campylobacter is the most common bacterial pathogens of diarrhoea, is the kitchen germ only few people are aware of. (Image: royalty stock photo/

Dangerous Diarrhea

Campylobacter can cause infections associated with symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

In rare cases, Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disease of the nervous system as a complication of Campylobacteriosis, possible.

In immunocompromised patients, a chronic course of threatening and the infection can take in the worst case, life-threatening proportions.

Although from the kitchen germ Campylobacter, a serious health risk, have so far only heard less than a third of the people.

The findings of a recent survey. Salmonella know, however, 96 percent of the respondents.

What is the citizens concern

As the Federal Institute for risk assessment (BfR) in the message writes, are Salmonella, genetically modified food and micro-plastic in food health and consumer issues that are on the awareness scale of consumers at the very top.

However, about three-quarters of the German citizens to keep food safe. This is the result of the current consumer monitor – a representative population survey conducted by the BfR.

The most resistance to antibiotics, micro-plastic and remnants of plant protection products in foodstuffs of concern accordingly. Overall, the citizens are not so concerned as in the previous survey in the summer of 2018.

“The interest in consumer health issues is increasing”, says BfR President Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel. “In spite of all the people to estimate risks due to pathogens in the kitchen.”

Campylobacter, the most common bacterial pathogens of diarrhoea, is well-known than in the previous year – however, less than a third of the respondents has heard of it. Salmonella know, however, 96 per cent.

The greatest health risks

The BfR-consumer monitor provides half-yearly insights to the question of how the Germans perceive health risks.

For about 1,000 persons in a private house, and at least 14 years old to be interviewed, on behalf of the BfR on the phone.

According to the respondents to take up Smoking, climate – and environmental pollution, and unhealthy or poor diet as the biggest health risks.

The information, according to the respondents, for the first time the pollution caused by diesel exhaust and particulate matter spontaneously as a risk.

If, after the selected subject is asked to carry Salmonella, genetically modified food, and – for the first time on place 3 – Micro-plastic in food the awareness scale.

On antibiotic resistance, residues of plant protection products in foodstuffs, as well as aluminum used in food packaging or containers follow.

State Bodies will be less familiar

As in the previous year, antibiotic resistance, and micro plastics are still the issues which concern the majority of respondents Provide.

In comparison to the last survey, the population’s resistance, but much less worried about antibiotics: Here is the fears of eleven percentage points has dropped to 57 percent.

Also Salmonella and carbon monoxide are less people than in the previous year, a cause for concern.

Cosmetics and textiles are assessed in comparison to the previous survey similar to that of sure. In the case of toys the feeling of security is decreased slightly.

Less people than 2018 trust the public Authorities in Germany that they protect the health. However, contrary to continues to bring about half of the respondents to the state of this trust. (ad)