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Poultry Processing & Slaughter / Broiler Husbandry
on January 7, 2019

How picking increases Campylobacter in processing

USDA researchers studied the origin of bacterial contamination in this phase of poultry processing.

Passage through automated feather picking machines used in poultry processing can increase the number of Campylobacter bacteria on carcasses by 100 times. This is problematic because carcasses can carry high numbers of Campylobacter into the rest of the plant, making it harder to keep the level of the pathogen on…

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