How to eliminate salmonella bacteria from the poultry production process

GEORGIA - A team of researchers in the newly-formed Department of Population Health at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine has launched a study to determine how to eliminate salmonella bacteria from the poultry production process.

"What we're trying to do is trace salmonella through the food chain, so we can identify at what point in the poultry industry we can introduce intervention measures most effectively," said John Maurer, associate professor of population health and head of the research team.

"Knowing where the salmonella comes from is important so that we can reduce its transmission to the final product that the consumer eats."

"This research will become a landmark study that will provide the basic understanding of the spread of salmonella," said John Glisson, head, population health. "This is an important indicator of the prominent role that UGA has taken in food safety research in this country."

The problem is that in chickens and many other animals salmonella rarely causes illness. Adult chickens can be carriers of the bacteria and yet appear perfectly healthy.

Source: MedicalNewsToday.com
calendar icon 19 September 2005
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