Salmonella Intervention: A Multi-Step Approach

US - Salmonella remains one of the deadliest food-borne pathogens and one of the most challenging for poultry producers, according to Diamond V.
calendar icon 1 May 2014
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Thorough cooking can kill Salmonella in meat and eggs, however, minimising the incidence of pathogenic bacteria and delivering a safe food product should be a priority for producers.

On-farm live bird intervention can be an effective means to reduce Salmonella in poultry arriving at the processing plant.

Effective Salmonella intervention is a multi-step approach, starting with the breeder flock and following through the grow-out system, in order to minimise contamination coming into the plant. Measures include:

  • Initiating multi-tiered Salmonella monitoring programmes, covering breeder flocks, hatcheries, feed mills, broiler or layer flock status, birds at processing plant
  • Reducing Salmonella incidence in the breeder flock by vaccination
  • Implementing feed interventions, including feed mill monitoring
  • Optimising nutrition and immune status of birds, including feeding to balance the immune system, controlling Salmonella prevalence and load, and reducing effects of coccidiosis (e.g. Diamond V Original XPCTM)
  • Raising birds with Salmonella reduction in mind, including all-in/all-out grow-out
  • Implementing Salmonella control measures between flocks and via ongoing pest control system
  • Executing effective biosecurity measures, including control of human traffic.

Maximum benefits derive from feeding Original XPC to poultry (both breeders and progeny) from day-old chicks to slaughter. Original XPC balances the immune system, which helps minimise insult from Salmonella challenge.

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Michael Priestley

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