Action against Salmonella in animal feed highly effective

11-12-2006 | |
Action against Salmonella in animal feed highly effective

The Dutch measures against Salmonella in animal feed are highly effective. This became apparent after an analysis conducted by PDV (the Dutch Product Board Animal Feed).

The number of contamination cases is significantly
lower than in other European countries.

PDV aims to retain the low levels of contamination by more
specific but less intensive monitoring.
Drop in cases
Salmonella inspections in the
Netherlands are highly intensive, with the annual sample total amounting to
25,000. The number of contamination cases detected dropped significantly over
the past few years. In poultry feed, Salmonella incidence decreased to virtually
zero, whereas the incidence in animal feed (feedstuffs) hovers between 3.5 and
4%.

Not critical for public health
The PDV analysis
further demonstrates that the Salmonella types found are hardly ever the types
critical to public health. The type of Salmonella is determined in all samples
that test positive for Salmonella. Products with increased risk of Salmonella
contamination are subjected to more intensive inspection levels.

PDV
intends to relax the inspection regime for feed types with test results that
have been favourable for an extended period of time. The condition for this
adjustment of inspection levels is for Salmonella incidence to remain at the
current low levels. PDV will include additional protocols in its GMP+
certification scheme for processing poultry feed with and without technological
processing.

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