A risk assessment for Salmonella in pigs in Great Britain

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2009-01-01
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Hill, A.
Simons, R.
O'Reilly, K.
Kosmider, R.
Cook, Alisdair
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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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Along with poultry, pig meat has been identified as a potential source of human food borne Salmonella infection. In order to minimise the risk of human illness, a number of EU countries have initiated Salmonella monitoring programmes for pigs (e.g. Denmark, Germany, UK) and EU requirements for control of Salmonella in pigs will be based on the results of recent surveys together with risk assessment and economic studies that are under way . However, control programmes cannot be successful unless practical interventions are available for pig fanners and producers to implement. Therefore, as part of a large risk-based study investigating control of Salmonella in pigs, a full British farm-to-consumption risk assessment has been developed in order to predict the impact of interventions upon the risk of human disease. The interventions investigated within the risk assessment were: vaccination, feeding of organic acids, rodent control, anal bunging and washing and drying of the carcass at dehairing.

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