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Evaluating food-borne pathogen trans assoc with partial and full litter re-use
Summary The purpose of this project is to provide a scientific evaluation of the impact of differing litter management practices in the chicken meat industry from an environmental and foodsafety perspective. The project aims to provide the knowledge that will ensure that the chicken industry can elect to use any of a range of litter practices ranging from single use to multibatch litter across several production cycles. Ensuring that on farm management practices are both sustainable (in terms of resource use) AND that the resultant chicken meat is a safe, quality product is the goal of this project. The project has a strong industry link as the preproject steering committee to develop the proposal included a technical representative from two major industry participants and a chicken meat grower representative. By evaluating several different litter management practices, the project will provide a solid basis of information for the safe use of multibatch litter. The project will consist of a direct comparsion of three litter management strategies single use, partial reuse and full reuse. The comparison will involve determining both the presence and level of the key target organisms (Salmonella and Campylobacter) in both the litter in the shed and in the ceca of the chickens grown in the shed. The study will be performed on two farms and will involve two different processing companies. The knowledge gained in the project will then be available to guide industry in the process of adopting practices that reduce the demand for litter material (a shrinking resource), improve the safety (in terms of foodborne pathogens) of the use of the used litter in general agriculture and improve the quality (lower levels of foodborne pathogens) in chicken meat.
Program Chicken Meat
Research organisation OLD ABN-The State Of Queensland Acting Through The Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation
Objective summary A. To compare the levels of key foodborne pathogens (Salmonella and Campylobacter) in litter under different litter management practices
B. To compare the levels of key foodborne pathogens (Salmonella and Campylobacter) in the caeca of chickens grown under different litter management practices
C. To provide scientific data that can be used by industry in the adoption of differing litter management practices
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Friday, August 08, 2008
Project completion date Monday, June 25, 2012
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority An environmentally sustainable Australia
Rural priority Soil, water and managing natural resources
RIRDC goal CME-Deliver safe food and good animal welfare outcomes
Principal researcher Nalini Chinivasagam
Research manager Kylie Hewson
Admin contact Paul Hickey