Poultry processing plants do a tremendous job as the last line of defense, but too much Salmonella can stress the effectiveness of in-plant interventions. Live-side solutions, such as Salmonella vaccines, can help reduce Salmonella loads earlier in the process, so the entire burden doesn't fall on in-plant interventions.
It takes the entire poultry industry — both live-side and processing — working together to best protect consumers from the devastating effects of Salmonella. That's why Elanco works closely with integrated poultry companies to help reduce Salmonella at the source: the farm.
Elanco's team of food safety experts can help poultry processors evaluate and implement comprehensive safety protocols, including pre-harvest interventions such as Salmonella vaccines.
When used as part of a comprehensive food safety strategy, Salmonella vaccines have proven to reduce Salmonella in birds being processed. That's especially true of Salmonella B and D serotypes, which are the most harmful to humans and hardest to eliminate with in-plant interventions.
Salmonella vaccines use tiny doses of weakened or killed (inactivated) bacteria to stimulate the birds' immune response and create a natural defense against the bacteria.
Dr. Beth Krushinskie, a food safety industry consultant, shares how Salmonella vaccines work to help reduce Salmonella contamination.
Administering vaccines to breeders and their progeny reduced the overall prevalence of Salmonella by 43% in more than 3,800 hot-rehang and part rinse samples during a two-year period.
Administering Salmonella vaccines to breeders and their progeny significantly reduced the combined prevalence of highly pathogenic serotypes B and D by 26.3% over a two-year period tracking more than 3,800 hot-rehang and part rinse samples.
It takes the entire poultry industry working together to prevent a devastating Salmonella outbreak. Elanco offers these resources to help start conversations with your live-side production counterparts about reducing Salmonella loads in live birds. And the Elanco team of food safety experts and veterinary consultants are ready to help facilitate these discussions.
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