Campylobacter bacteria is regarded as the most common cause of reported incidents of gastroenteritis in Ireland. The illness which is characterised by abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting can be life threatening to susceptible individuals.
Campylobacteriosis is transmitted between animals and humans and is found in such species as cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry. Most cases of infection are thought to occur as a result of cross contamination by raw poultry and eating undercooked poultry meats. There were 552 cases of suspected food poisoning cases reported and 643 complaints made in relation to poor food hygiene standards in food premises in 2015.
(Ref FSA Mar 2016)