Current Clinical Microbiology Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 126–134 | Cite as

Survival of Campylobacter in the Food Chain and the Environment

  • Greta Gölz
  • Sophie Kittler
  • Mindaugas Malakauskas
  • Thomas Alter
Foodborne Pathogens (S Johler, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Foodborne Pathogens


Purpose of Review

Campylobacter species belong to the most important foodborne bacteria causing gastroenteritis in humans. In this review, we focus on current findings on the presence and survival of Campylobacter in the food chain and the environment.

Recent Findings

Compared to other foodborne pathogenic agents, thermophilic Campylobacter are very susceptible to environmental and technological stressors. However, different mechanisms enable their survival in the environment and the food chain.


Further research is needed to improve our understanding of the survival mechanisms of Campylobacter in the environment and the food chain. Based on that, mitigation and intervention strategies can be optimized to subsequently reduce Campylobacter infections in humans.


Campylobacter Food chain Mitigation strategies Survival mechanisms 


Funding Information

This study received financial support from German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (PAC-Campy, Grant reference 01Kl1725A/C).

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article contains no studies with human or animal subjects performed by the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Greta Gölz
    • 1
  • Sophie Kittler
    • 2
  • Mindaugas Malakauskas
    • 3
  • Thomas Alter
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Food Safety and Food HygieneFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Food Quality and Food SafetyUniversity of Veterinary Medicine HanoverHanoverGermany
  3. 3.Department of Food Safety and Quality, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary AcademyLithuanian University of Health SciencesKaunasLithuania

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