Poultry informed professional
As more is learned about the science linking flock health and finished product microbial prevalence and load, the Veterinary Avian Specialist’s role in Food Safety will enlarge. Recent research shows a surprising relationship between a number of common poultry diseases and carcass microbial loads in the processing plant. It follows that maintaining optimal flock health is essential to minimizing food borne pathogens. If pre-harvest HACCP is to be meaningful, the live-production critical control points that impact food safety must be recognized. Management methods, disease prevention biologics, antimicrobials and therapeutics are valuable veterinary tools, and must remain available. Following is a review of what is currently known about the inter-relatedness of flock health and carcass microbial contamination.