EFSA publishes Salmonella hazard advice

17-07-2008 | |

The Biological Hazards Panel (BIOHAZ) of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was asked by the European Commission to deliver a scientific opinion on microbiological risk assessment in feeding stuffs for food-producing animals.

According to the Panel, Salmonella is the major biological hazard for animal
feed, with other bacteria such as Listeria (Listeria monocytogenes), E. coli
(Escherichia coli O157 : H7) and Clostridium spp. having less

Salmonella-contaminated animal feed can be a source of
infection for food-producing animals and derived food products. The most common
types of Salmonella occurring in humans are seldom found in animal feed.
However, some types of Salmonella found in feed are also found in

EFSA’s BIOHAZ Panel Chair, Dan Collins, said, “Animal feed can be
a source of several types of Salmonella. Eliminating Salmonella in animal feed
even before it gets to the farm will make a contribution to reducing Salmonella
in our food.

“EFSA with its comprehensive risk assessment mandate, from
animal health and welfare, to food and feed safety is uniquely placed to provide
a comprehensive risk assessment view on Salmonella and other microbiological
risks. This opinion is a good example of how EFSA is moving towards an
integrated approach in its risk assessment work.”


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