Salmonella contamination in poultry in Iceland has decreased dramatically in recent years and has become very rare. This achievement is a result of good collaboration of all stakeholders i.e. poultry farmers, abattoirs, food control authorities, government and consumers that have ensured that contaminated products are not distributed.
Matís and MAST (Icelandic food and veterinary authority) organized a very through and extensive surveillance of fresh chicken products in retail in 2012-2013 with results that didn’t give any positive samples for Salmonella or Campylobacter.
About Matís’ Laboratory
Because of the planned nomination of Matís as a reference laboratory for various food-borne pathogens in 2015, preparation started in 2014 for installation of specific methods for analysis of these bacteria. Special focus was devoted to preparation and installation of specialized test methods for Shiga toxin producing E. coli bacteria that cause the most dangerous infections induced by pathogenic E. coli bacteria. In recent years a few cases of disease caused by these bacteria have occurred in Iceland, so it is clearly time to examine the spread of this dangerous pathogen in animals, food products and in the environment.
Our laboratory unit has over the years specialized in quality and safety tests for the pharmaceutical industry. This activity includes microbial testing of pharmaceutical products, raw materials for pharmaceutical products and environmental samples from pharmaceutical manufacturing environment. Many of the methods used for these samples are specialized for the pharmaceutical industry and in many cases the laboratory needs to implement these methods specifically to meet the requirements of the pharmaceutical industry. The knowledge that has been created in the laboratory has proved to be extremely valuable and the pharmaceutical industry in Iceland and related activities are now extremely important for the laboratory.