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News and analysis on the global poultry
and animal feed industries.

M. E. Berrang

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Russell Research Center, Athens, Ga.

ARTICLES

Washing broiler transport cages - if not, why not?

Washing and drying cages improves food safety but brings new logistical challenges.
Campylobacter and Salmonella are leading causes of human bacterial foodborne disease. What is the role of the transport coops in spreading this contamination in broiler chickens?
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Drying broiler transport cages reduces Campylobacter

Drying broiler chicken transport cages with an absorbent cornstarch powder after spray washing reduces the foodborne pathogen Campylobacter.
Broiler transport cage drying and the application of a dry treatment (absorbent cornstarch powder) have been shown in poultry research to diminish the foodborne pathogen Campylobacter on transport cages.
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Better Campylobacter detection needed to protect chicks

Furthering understanding of Campylobacter ecology in poultry – and protecting young chicks from the bacteria – will require better cultivation and detection methods.
Campylobacter cultivation and detection methods to recover injured or stressed cells need to be greatly improved to allow for the development and implementation of more effective intervention strategies. Poultry scientists should question laboratory results and adopt new methods in order to obtain a better understanding of this elusive organism.
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FOOD SAFETY IN POULTRY

Isolation of Campylobacter from the circulating blood of broilers

From a poultry processing viewpoint, Campylobacter presence in circulating blood of market-age broilers may increase the likelihood of cross-contamination between birds during slaughter.
From a poultry processing viewpoint, Campylobacter presence in circulating blood of market-age broilers may increase the likelihood of cross-contamination between birds during slaughter.
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