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Control of the intestinal flora in poultry for ensuring the products safety for human consumers

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 7076

  • Start date

    1 March 2005

  • End date

    29 February 2008

Funded under:

FP6-FOOD

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 138 724

  • EU contribution

    € 2 299 838

Coordinated by:

AGENCE FRANÇAISE DE SÉCURITÉ SANITAIRE DES ALIMENTS

France

Objective

European sumers are becoming increasingly cerned over the safety and nutritional quality of their food, which must be free from pathogens and antibiotic residues. At the same time, food production systems must meet sumers cerns for animal welfare, environment and public health, leading to, for instance, rapid changes in poultry nutrition (e.g. ban of in-feed antibiotics) and rearing ditions (e.g. out-door breeding). However, and maybe as a direct sequence, most poultry breeders note at present an increase of the prevalence of digestive troubles among their flocks, linked to digestive bacterial flora dysfunctions. In turn, this could affect the colonisation of the animal intestinal tract by opportunistic bacteria, leading to a degradation of the hygienic quality of animal products meant for human sumption.In fact, there is a lack of data on the effect of the nutritional and rearing changes on the prevalence of food-borne pathogens in poultry production. In other respects, the knowledge of the ecology of the poultry intestinal flora is very poor because of the lack of accurate methodology. Fortunately, novel molecular techniques provide unique opportunities for investigating bacterial diversity.The first objective of this project is to centrate the effort of several European scientists on the study of the effects of the new European regulations and new tendencies in breeding management on the food-borne pathogens (traditional and emerging), in the farm and during the products processing, but also to determine the possible improvements reducing these taminations. The socio-eomic aspects of these changes will be also studied. In parallel, a study of the whole intestinal flora of poultry and of its interaction with the food-borne pathogens will be undertaken, using novel methodologies, in order to get knowledge helping in finding solutions to trol this flora and thus to reduce the food-borne pathogens prevalence.

Coordinator

AGENCE FRANÇAISE DE SÉCURITÉ SANITAIRE DES ALIMENTS

Address

27-31, Avenue Du GÉNÉRal Leclerc
Bp 19 Maisons-Alfort

France

Participants (15)

INSTITUT TECHNIQUE DE L'AVICULTURE

France

UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN

Denmark

INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECHNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES

Spain

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

UNIVERSITY FOR VETERINARY MEDICINE OF VIENNA

Austria

TIERAERZTLICHE HOCHSCHULE HANNOVER

Germany

UNIVERSITA' DI BOLOGNA - DIPARTIMENTO DI SCIENZE DEGLI ALIMENTI

Italy

INSTITUTE OF IMMUNOLOGY OF VILNIUS UNIVERSITY

Lithuania

UNIVERSITY OF VETERINARY AND PHARMACOLOGICAL SCIENCES OF BRNO

Czechia

ID-LELYSTAD, INSTITUUT VOOR DIERHOUDERIJ EN DIERGEZONDHEID B.V.

Netherlands

DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS, VETERINARY LABORATORIES AGENCY

United Kingdom

UNIVERSIT DEGLIU STUDI DI PERUGIA

Italy

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK

Denmark

CENTRE DE RECERCA EN SANITAT ANIMAL

Spain

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 7076

  • Start date

    1 March 2005

  • End date

    29 February 2008

Funded under:

FP6-FOOD

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 138 724

  • EU contribution

    € 2 299 838

Coordinated by:

AGENCE FRANÇAISE DE SÉCURITÉ SANITAIRE DES ALIMENTS

France