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Probiotic Bacteria With Anti-campylobacter Activity

Bristol University
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This research project is a systematic literature review to identify naturally occurring bacteria in the gut flora of chickens that have a protective effect against colonisation by campylobacter species.

The approaches consist of:

  • systematically reviewing what is known about mechanism of action of competitive exclusion and how defined bacterial cultures interact with existing chicken gut flora
  • identifying and characterising potential probiotic bacterial strains and products and studying the effect on intestinal microbial activity and campylobacter species
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A possible approach to controlling campylobacter colonisation in free range and organic birds is the use of probiotic feed additives containing naturally occurring bacteria present in the chicken gut.

A systematic literature review will collate available information on 'competitive exclusion' and probiotic organisms, that is, those that compete with campylobacter for nutrients and available niches in the chicken gut.

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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Chemical Contaminants
Bacterial Pathogens
Meat, Poultry, Game