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The development of methods to measure the extent and persistence of cross-contamination with Campylobacter within poultry processing plants
Project Code: M01037
Division of Farm Animal Science, Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol,
Campylobacter is a hazard in poultry slaughterhouses. Control steps proposed to reduce levels of Campylobacter have involved testing and scheduling Campylobacter positive flocks after negative flocks, and processing extensively reared birds on a separate line or at the end of the day. In order to inform the effectiveness of these controls the role of cross-contamination in the poultry slaughterhouse needs to be more fully understood in both quantitative terms and persistency. In addition, the effectiveness of cleaning methods at the end of production and within production needs to be determined. Uptake of practical control strategies which have arisen from this project should contribute to the Food Standards Agency’s target to reduce Campylobacter in levels in chickens by 50% by 2010.
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