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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Full Paper

Year: 2005

Authors: Wilhelm, E; Rossmanith, W; Gabler, C; Hilbert, F; Smulders, FJM

Title: Salmonellaüberwachung der Schlachtschweine - ein kostengünstiges Programm in Niederösterreich mit besonderer Berücksichtigung unterschiedlicher Bestandsgrößen.

Source: Fleischwirtschaft (85) 97-99.

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Hilbert Friederike
Smulders Franciscus

Vetmed Research Units
Institute of Food Safety, Food Technology and Veterinary Public Health, Unit of Food Hygiene and Technology


Abstract:
Salmonellosis is the major reason for foodborne infections in humans in industrialised countries and is often associated with pork production. Hence, different Salmonella monitoring programs have been developed. But high costs caused by the elevated sampling numbers necessary make those efforts inefficient, especially in countries with small production units. Lower Austria has many areas with small production units and adoptation of a monitoring scheme based on existing programs would riot be feasible financially. The development and application of a new program has proven to be practicable and low in costs and hence a real alternative for areas with variable development as to its agricultural infrastructure. A total of 2318 samples (meat juice) of slaughter pigs were examined for Salmonella antibodies with a commercial test kit. Currently, the incidence of salmonellosis in slaughter pigs in Lower Austria is low, with only 1.81% serological positives. The above screening method costs mere 2 Euro cents per slaughter pig, hence makes this method suitable for a yearly check up and it allows immediate regulatory intervention should this be deemed appropriate.


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