18 February 2010

Campylobacter jejuni < cont... >

Control of Campylobacter Jejuni Infection

1) On the Farm

- Control of Campylobacter contamination on the farm may reduce contamination of carcasses, poultry, and red meat products at the retail level.

- Strict hygiene reduces intestinal carriage in food-producing animals.

- Poultry flocks that drank chlorinated water had lower intestinal colonization rates than poultry that drank unchlorinated water.

- Treatment of chicks with commensal bacteria and immunization of older birds reduced C. jejuni colonization.

2) At Processing

- Slaughter and processing provide opportunities for reducing C. jeju
ni counts on food-animal carcasses.

- Bacterial counts on carcasses can increase during slaughter and processing steps.

- In one study, up to a 1,000-fold increase in bacterial counts on carcasses was reported during transportation to slaughter.

- In studies of chickens and turkeys at slaughter, bacterial counts increased by approximately 10- to 100-fold during defeathering and reached the highest level after evisceration.

- However, bacterial counts on carcasses decline during other slaughter and processing steps.

(Altekruse, 2005)

Islamic Point of View

Islam teaches us many etiquette's of eating and drinking. The Prophet s.a.w. made a point of developing remarkably clean and healthy eating habits among his followers:

- Wash hands before and after eating

- Start eating with the praise of Allah

- Eat using the right hand

- Not to eat until really felt hungry

- Not to eat and drink excessively

From all that has been mentioned, the importance of health
y eating, a balanced diet and hygiene can be understood in the light of the Quran and Sunnah, where Islam has prohibited certain foods due to their ill effects and permitted all other pure, good and clean food products (Diet in Islam, n.d.).

Allah Ta’ala says in the Noble Qur’an:

“O’ Believers! Eat of the good and pure (lawful) that We have provided you with and be grateful to Allah, if you truly worship Him.”

(al-Baqarah, 2:172)

Rasulullah also said that:

“The stomach is the tank of the body and the veins go down to it. When the stomach is healthy the veins come back in a healthy condition, but when it is in a bad condition, they return diseased.”


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