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Transmission of Salmonella, Yersinia Enterocolitica, Campylobacter, MRSA and Antimicrobial Resistance within Swine Breeding Pyramids in Ontario

Investigators
Friendship, Robert
Institutions
University of Guelph
Start date
2009
End date
2010
Objective
  1. To investigate whether the farms supplying replacement breeding stock are a source for the introduction of Salmonella, Yersinia enterocolitica, Campylobacter, and MRSA to commercial pig farms,
  2. To determine if the antimicrobial resistance patterns of these pathogens are similar for the herds supplying breeding stock and the farms purchasing the animals,
  3. To determine the risk factors associated with the presence of foodborne pathogens and multidrug resistance on commercial farms.
More information
Expected Benefits: If this research proves that replacement gilts are a source of foodborne pathogens including multi-drug resistant pathogens, then appropriate biosecurity and control measures may be considered to reduce the spread of these disease agents.

Reducing the prevalence of foodborne pathogens and in particular multi-drug resistant bacteria will reduce contamination through food chain and increase consumer confidence.

For more information, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Food Safety Research Program.

Funding Source
Ontario Min. of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs
Project number
SF6078
Categories
Bacterial Pathogens
Commodities
Meat, Poultry, Game