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Monitoring Welfare Procedures for Slaughter of Cattle
Essential checks should be made during the slaughter of cattle to assess the consciousness, unconsciousness or death of an animal to ensure welfare standards....
Shedding New Light on Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
Despite more than a decade's worth of research, many aspects of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) still remain a mystery, writes Benjamin Thompson from the Society for General Microbiology....
Hamburgers Need to be Cooked Properly
To be safe to eat, products made from ground beef must be cooked until they are at least 71°C in the centre....
Life Cycle Assessment of Pork Production
Per kg pork produced, the global warming potential, eutrophication and acidification values in Germany were calculated to be 3.22kg carbon dioxide equivalents, 23.3g phosphate equivalents and 57.1g sulphur dioxide equivalents, respectively....
Colibacillosis and its Impact on the Poultry Business
Dr Tibor Cserep, DVM MRCVS, Technical Manager for MSD Animal Health, explains the poultry health problems caused by E. coli and how the company's vaccine, Nobilis E.coli inac, can provide an effective solution to protect broilers, breeders and layers...
Keeping Lid on Sausage
The colouring in meat sandwich filling products is very sensitive to light when there is also oxygen in the pack....
Effect of Chitosan against Salmonella on Chicken
Chitosan in solution has potential as an intervention to reduce foodborne pathogens on the surface of chicken skin contaminated with bacteria during storage, according to new research from the University of Arkansas....
Labelling and Veterinary Involvement Key to Improved Food Chain Transparency
In order to assess animal well-being objectively, there is a need to split the moral and biological component according to Professor Frauke Ohl of the Utrecht University. ...
Will FMD Vaccination be Cost-effective in Denmark?
Depopulation in zones is the measure most likely to control an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Denmark, according to a new study there although suppressive vaccination scenarios would be a cheaper option under some circumstances. Most of the...
Mathematics and Decision-making for Salmonella on UK Pig Farms
Based on surveillance and modelling, researchers at the University of Liverpool found that the risk of Salmonella transmission is lower on farms with a broad range of effective biosecurity measures and where pigs are kept on slated floors rather than...
Assessing Protocols to Sanitise Hands of Poultry Catching Crew Members
Comparing different hand sanitisation methods, Canadian research reveals that reducing the level of bacterial contamination on hands before using an alcohol-based gel seems important to ensure effectiveness for highly and moderately contaminated hands....
Controlling Food-borne Hazards through Meat Inspection
Harmonised epidemiological indicators for food-borne biological hazards to public health that are related to beef animals and their meat that can be used in meat inspection should be drawn up across the EU. ...
Management Practices Associated with the Carriage of Yersinia enterocolitica in Pigs
A survey of Finnish pig farms reveals that the prevalence of the foodborne pathogen, Yersinia enterocolitica, on pig farms is reduced where there is an all-in, all-out housing system and where water is supplied from the municipal system. ...
Prevalence of Tuberculosis in Pigs Slaughtered at Two Abattoirs in Ethiopia
Researchers have found that six per cent of pigs at two abattoirs in Ethiopia were positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis and therefore that pigs may be a source of infection in humans....
Effects of Ractopamine Feeding Programmes on Growth and Carcasses of Finishing Pigs
A new study reveals that the beta-agonist, ractopamine, can be fed in a step-up feeding programme, even when the pigs are marketed one month after the start of the treatment. These pigs performed as well as and had similar carcass results to those on...
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