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RESEARCHERS DEMONSTRATE ROUTES OF TRANSMISSION OF SALMONELLA, CAMPYLOBACTER IN TURKEYS
Source: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association news release

USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., and at the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Athens, Ga., that studied the transmission of Salmonella and Campylobacter in breeder and market turkeys.

The project is part of the Association's comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. A brief summary of the completed project is shown below. A complete report, along with information on other Association research, may be obtained by going to USPOULTRY's website, www.uspoultry.org.

The project summary is as follows:

PROJECT #F037: SALMONELLA AND CAMPYLOBACTER CONTAMINATION OF TURKEYS, FROM BREEDERS TO PROCESSED CARCASSES

(Dr. Doug Smith; Dr. Jesse Grimes; Dr. Sophia Kathariou; and Maria Crespo Rodriguez, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., and Dr. Nelson Cox and Dr. Jeff Buhr, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Athens, Ga.)

The study, led by Dr. Doug Smith at North Carolina State University, points to poultry house pests (i.e.: flies, beetles, rodents, etc.) as potential vectors of both organisms. Although vertical transmission from breeders to market turkeys was not demonstrated, it was shown that both Salmonella and Campylobacter could be found in semen and in the reproductive tract of hens.

Sanitizing of hatching eggs reduced the contamination of eggshells by Salmonella. In this study, use of a probiotic did not reduce the prevalence of either organism.

For a detailed summary, click here.


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