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Poultry Processing & Slaughter / Broiler Husbandry
on May 13, 2020

Reducing contamination of carcasses during defeathering

Broiler carcasses are often contaminated with bacteria during feather plucking. Applying an acidic solution could help stop this.

Applying an acidic solution to the cloaca of broiler carcasses before picking can significantly reduce Campylobacter contamination, according to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS).


Campylobacter is associated with poultry and poultry products and is frequently isolated from fully processed broiler…

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