International Conference on the Epidemiology and Control of Biological, Chemical and Physical Hazards in Pigs and Pork

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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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The serological Salmonella Monitoring in German pork production: the structure of the central database and preliminary results of a basic epidemiological report

2007-01-01 , Merle, R. , Schneider, B. , Franz, B. , Portsch, U. , May, T. , Blaha, Thomas , Kreienbrock, L.

Since 2002, the Qualitiäit und Srcherheit GmbH (QS GmbH) has earned out a serologrcal salmonella monrtonng in German finishrng pig herds. Thrs monitoring arms at reducing the risk of introducmg salmonella into the meat production charn caused by mfected slaughter pigs and to identify and to remove infection sources. For this purpose the farms are differentrated into three risk categories (I =low, II = mrddle, III = high) by their chance to introduce salmonella into the pork production cham All data generated withm the monitoring are entered mto the central database Qualiproo (Qualitype AG, Dresden).

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Research on the dynamics of Salmonella spp. infections in fattening pig herds in north-western Germany

2009-01-01 , Planz, C. , Blaha, Thomas , Kreienbrock, L. , Merle, R.

Pork represents one major source of human Salmonella infections, but on-farm control strategies for Salmonella contamination are still insufficient. The aim of this study was to localize "hot spots" of Salmonella reservoirs in the course of the fattening period. In a longitudinal study 12 farms with high Salmonella prevalence were examined periodically, starting in the disinfected empty compartment, followed by four subsequent samplings every four weeks. Each sampling comprised faecal and environmental samples, always taken from the same locations, i.e. nipple drinkers, feeders, chains, pen walls (localizations with continuous animal contact), guide boards, passageways, feed tubes, ventilation (localizations without continuous animal contact). Samples were examined by culture and PCR. Overall, 106 out of 1047 samples were culturally Salmonella-positive, resulting in an overall detection rate of 10.1%.