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SALMONELLA IN PORK PRE-HARVEST AND HARVEST CONTROL OPTIONS BASED ON EPIDEMIOLOGIC, DIAGNOSTIC AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Objective



Background :

Animal-borne zoonoses constitute a serious public health problem. Of all meatborne
infections, human cases of salmonellosis are considered the most important. Poultry and eggs seem to be the prime source of food-borne salmonellosis, and little information is known about the role of pork. Studies in some countries have shown that about 16% of human salmonellosis may be attributed to pork.

The objective is :

The overall objective is to establish the epidemiological basis, to develop the diagnostic tools and to evaluate options for the control of salmonella in pork at the pre-harvest and harvest levels

Short description of the project :

The following tasks will be carried out:
1) to determine and compare the prevalence and types of salmonella infections in pig herds in different EU regions, and to determine the risk factors for the spread of salmonella infections between and within herds;
2) to determine and compare the prevalence and serotypes of salmonella infections in pork samples from slaughterhouses in different EU regions and to identify critical control points for salmonella contamination;
3) to develop and evaluate improved biotechnological diagnostic tools for quantitative detection; and
4) to evaluate the epidemiologic, diagnostic and economic options for control of salmonella in pork, and to propose methodologies for surveillance and control programmes in the EU, based either on the detection of salmonella organisms or antibodies to salmonella. At the same time, the most promising diagnostic tools will be evaluated in samples from different EU regions and from controlled infection studies.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

THE ROYAL VETERINARY AND AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
Address
Bülowsvej, 13
1870 Frederiksberg C
Denmark

Participants (8)

ANIMAL HEALTH SERVICE IN THE SOUTHERN NETHERLANDS
Netherlands
Address
Molenwijkseweg, 48 - P.o. Box 4
5280 AA Boxtel
ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI
Greece
Address

540 06 Thessaloniki
FEDERATION OF DANISH PIG PRODUCERS AND SLAUGHTERHOUSES
Denmark
Address
Axeltorv, 3
1609 Copenhagen V
FREIE UNIVERSITÄT BERLIN
Germany
Address
Röntgenstraße, 12
21493 Schwarzenbeck
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES
Denmark
Address
Bülowsvej, 27
1790 Copenhagen V
THE NATIONAL VETERINARY INSTITUTE
Sweden
Address
Ulls Väg, 2 B - P.o. Box 7073
750 07 Uppsala
UNIVERSITY OF UTRECHT
Netherlands
Address
Yalelaan, 2
3584 CM Utrecht
University of Exeter
United Kingdom
Address
Lafrowda House St German's Road
EX4 6TL Exeter