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Progress Versus Campylobacter

10 February 2016
Diamond V

EU - Campylobacteriosis is the most frequently reported zoonotic illness in the European Union and a major food safety challenge in other regions. European broiler flocks have a high prevalence of Campylobacter colonisation and poultry meat is the major single source of human infection in the EU.

According to a leading European international research consortium working on pre-harvest food safety, "there is still no effective, reliable and practical strategy available to prevent or to reduce Campylobacter colonisation in broilers."

Under the CAMPYBRO project, the consortium of national research institutes and other laboratories is focusing initially on a two-step strategy of controlling Campylobacter infection in broiler flocks through nutrition and vaccination. The nutrition step includes research on a variety of commercially available feed additives, including plant extracts, organic acids, prebiotics, and probiotics.

The CAMPYBRO project coordinator, Dr Pedro Medel of IMASDE AGROALIMENTARIA, S.L., based in Madrid, Spain, is one of the authors of the project's first article in the scientific journal Poultry Science - "Efficacy of feed additives against Campylobacter in live broilers during the entire rearing period."

The article abstract notes: "This study gives promising results regarding the use of feed additives to reduce Campylobacter infection in flocks."

More on pre-harvest food safety research on Campylobacter and Salmonella was reported at the International Poultry Scientific Forum in Atlanta, USA last month.

And more will appear in the next issue of Diamond V Update monthly newsletter, which is available free of charge.

ThePoultrySite News Desk

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