Background to the project
– There is a need for APHA to maintain a working association with the poultry industry in order to be able to provide practical control advice when needed.
– Salmonella in broiler flocks has shown an increasing trend in recent years.
– Many of the Salmonella strains identified are typical of those that are associated with feed ingredients and hatcheries and these are capable of long-term persistence in farms, hatcheries and feed mills.
– An increasing number of serious or multidrug-resistant Salmonella have been associated with imported hatching eggs, and their subsequent dissemination through distribution of chicks.
– The project therefore seeks to investigate the current distribution and control of Salmonella across the broiler industry and its allied services by working with all major broiler companies, hatcheries and a representative selection of feed mills that produce broiler rations in GB.
– Knowledge gained by analysing best practice across the industry will be shared via an educational package within the project.
It is being managed and run by:
Dr Becky Gosling
Senior Research Scientist
Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)
Telephone: 02080269469| Email: Becky.Gosling@apha.gov.uk
Website: www.gov.uk/apha | Twitter: @APHAgovuk | Facebook: aphagov
Address: APHA Weybridge, Woodham Lane, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 3NB
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