Improvements in processing hygiene indicator and microbial hazard levels in Australian finisher pigs from 1996 to 2010

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2011-01-01
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Hamilton, David
Holds, G.
May, D.
Flint, R.
Slade, J.
Kiermeier, A.
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International Conference on the Epidemiology and Control of Biological, Chemical and Physical Hazards in Pigs and Pork
Iowa State University Conferences and Symposia

The SafePork conference series began in 1996 to bring together international researchers, industry, and government agencies to discuss current Salmonella research and identify research needs pertaining to both pig and pork production. In subsequent years topics of research presented at these conferences expanded to include other chemical and biological hazards to pig and pork production.

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In 2010 a national pig carcase baseline survey was undertaken to help determine the impact of regualtion on processing hygiene and hazard levels and to inform national standard setting. The results are compared to those from a 1996 baseline survey of Australian finisher pigs. For E. coli a reduction in prevalence of around 10% (29.3% in 1996 to 20.7% in 2010) and an average reduction in concentration of 1.5 log10 cfu/cm2 were observed.

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