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Global Overview for Avian Influenza
Since 2003, H5N1 bird flu has killed or forced the culling of more than 400 million domestic poultry and caused an estimated US$20 billion in economic damage across the globe before it was eliminated from most of the 63 countries infected at its peak...
Individual Factors Associated with L- and H-Type BSE in France
In what they believe is the first study of atypical cases of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in France, researchers based in Lyon found that the cases were detected in animals much older than for the classical form of the disease. ...
Risk Factors for Campylobacter in Broiler Flocks at Slaughter
Based on the results of a survey, factors that affect the likelihood of Campylobacter colonisation of broilers include partial depopulation of the flock (‘thinning’), season, age and flock mortality, according to new research from the UK. Transportation...
Salmonella Harboured in Lymph Nodes of Cattle
Salmonella in beef cattle can evade detection because it becomes hidden in the lymph nodes of the carcase and in consequence can increase the contamination of ground beef products, writes Chris Harris. ...
Clean Animals Result in Fewer E. coli
Following the E. coli case in Norway in 2006, when 17 people fell ill and one child died after eating mutton sausages, the meat industry introduced a number of measures in order to reduce the risk of food poisoning from meat. ...
Scientific Opinion on Safety of Cecure on Raw Poultry Products
Following a request from the European Commission, the Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ Panel) and the Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF Panel) of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) were asked to deliver...
Antibiotic Resistance in Salmonella: Animals May not be Major Source
Contrary to some established views, the local animal population is unlikely to be the major source of resistance diversity for Salmonella Typhimurium DT104 in humans in Scotland, according to a study. The researchers suggest that a broader approach to...
Report Shows Rise in Salmonella Antimicrobial Resistance
Salmonella antimicrobial resistance in chicken breasts samples is on the increase in 2010, according to the US National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) retail meat surveillance programme. ...
Killing Prions with Ozone
When it comes to infectious agents, it does not get much worse than prions....
Compound in Apples Inhibits E. coli O157:H7
A compound that is abundant in apples and strawberries inhibits the highly pathogenic E. coli O157:H7 biofilms while sparing a beneficial strain of E. coli that also forms biofilms in the human gut, according to a paper in the December 2011 issue of the...
Loyalty Cards Help to Trace Salmonella Outbreak
An outbreak of salmonella poisoning in France towards the end of last year was traced to dried pork sausage from one producer thanks to the use of supermarket loyalty cards, writes TheMeatSite Editor in Chief, Chris Harris. ...
Antibiotic Use in Food Animals
Broad concern and confusion about antibiotic use on farms have been expressed by the general public and policymakers, according to a white paper published from the 2011 National Institute for Animal Agriculture Symposium Proceedings on Antibiotic Use...
Unwanted Fungal Growth on Dry-cured Meat Products
The growth of yeast and mould fungus often poses a threat to the quality of dry-cured meat and is a problem facing producers all over the world....
Evaluating Interventions against Salmonella in Broiler Chickens
A combination of on-farm and processing interventions was the most effective in achieving relative reductions in the concentration and prevalence of Salmonella by the end of chilling in a Canadian experiment using a scoping study and systematic review-meta-analysis....
Building Trust Through Quality Assurance
Building success in the market, both domestically and internationally, is based on building trust in the quality and safety of products and now more importantly trust in the ethical correctness of production, writes TheMeatSite editor in chief, Chris...
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