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Review of Testing and Scheduling Practices for Salmonella and Campylobacter Undertaken by the UK Poultry Industry and to Determine the Factors Affecting Their Use

Institutions
Direct Laboratories Ltd
Start date
2002
End date
2002
Objective
This review aims to obtain detailed information on the current industry practise for testing and scheduling flocks for salmonella and campylobacter.

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 testing and scheduling 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 screening broiler flocks for salmonella and campylobacter and the value of logistic slaughter as an intervention to control salmonella.

More information
At present the majority of broiler farmers test their birds for salmonella so that infected birds can be slaughtered at the end of the day (scheduling) to minimise the risks of cross contamination between carcasses.

The purpose of this review is to obtain detailed information on the current industry practices for testing and scheduling flocks for salmonella and campylobacter in the slaughterhouse.

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

Funding Source
Food Standards Agency
Project number
ZB00023
Categories
Bacterial Pathogens
Campylobacter
Prevention and Control
Salmonella
Commodities
Meat, Poultry, Game