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Biosecurity on the Broiler Farm as an Anti-salmonella Control Measure

Bristol University
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This review will provide information on current UK poultry practices for monitoring and controlling salmonella in broiler farms.

Information will be obtained from a range of different sources both in the UK and overseas. Nine companies representing a cross-section of the UK poultry meat production and slaughter industries, will be interviewed and the information collected by completion of a standard questionnaire.

Issues relating to salmonella biosecurity at the broiler farm will be gathered from a range of sources including experts in ADAS Consultancy, Veterinary Laboratories Agency, the University of Bristol and key stakeholders in the poultry industry.

Information will also be obtained from a scientific literature review which focuses on biosecurity against salmonella.

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Over the last few years there has been a marked reduction in the reported prevalence of salmonella contamination in chickens sampled from retail outlets.

A recent FSA-funded survey reported around 5.8% of retail chickens in the UK are contaminated with salmonella.

While this contamination rate is low given the numbers of chickens consumed each year in the UK, this still represents a substantial potential risk to public health.

If the FSA is to achieve its foodborne disease target, it is important that measures to control salmonella on-farm are implemented properly.

This review will be carried out to obtain information on current UK poultry practices for monitoring and controlling salmonella in broilers, including an assessment of their efficacy and a comparison of such practices with other countries.

Find more about this project and other FSA food safety-related projects at the Food Standards Agency Research webpage.

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Food Standards Agency
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Bacterial Pathogens
Food Defense and Integrity
Meat, Poultry, Game