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Litter, Aerosols and Food Safety Pathogens – Summarising a Decade of Research
Summary A series of five industry funded research studies focused on “Salmonella and Campylobacter in and around broiler farming environments” were carried out from 2004 – 2014. This body of work comprises five studies funded by both the RIRDC and the CRC. The studies looked at litter management and bird husbandry practices (freerange and conventional) as well as the environmental movement of pathogens (litter and aerosols); The research delivered science driven interpretations to already adopted farming practices enabling the industry gain confidence in addressing foodsafety. The research outcomes provided previously unavailable Australian data obtained during commercial farming. This large body of research has been fully described in final reports and a series of scientific publications. However, the extensive and diverse nature of the work means it is difficult for industry to gain full value of this indepth research.

This project has been designed to extract the key outcomes (and data) of industry relevance from this detailed and varied research, producing a logical, practical, single reference document. It will target the key technical professionals in the poultry industry with a role in foodsafety as well as foodsafety regulators. The proposal follows industry interest in this research summary presented at PIX 2016.

The project will (a) consult with industry (b) consolidate the available research outcomes to suit a summary document; (c) provide collective interpretations targeting the various endusers of the document (d) provide a succinct document targeting a diverse audience (industry and other professionals) with a role in foodsafety and the Australian broiler industry.
Program Chicken Meat
Research organisation The State of Queensland acting through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Objective summary To assist the poultry industry in having a resource document that will enable them to make better decisions on the management of both Salmonella and Campylobacter levels onfarm and in the processing plant
To better demonstrate the quantitative approach (enumeration of pathogens) that can be adopted on farm which in turn can enable better management of pathogen numbers (on farm) with positive impacts to end products
To assist the industry to be better able to address issues related to the environmental movement of pathogens in and around farms
To develop a resource document for decision makers both at an industry level and external to the industry (or government)
To provide a document that could be resourced by those responsible for training and dissemination at a farmer level
Project Stage Current
Project start date Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Project completion date Thursday, March 15, 2018
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries
Rural priority Advanced Technology
RIRDC goal CME-Ensure research adoption via extension and communication
Principal researcher Nalini Chinivasagam
Research manager Michael Beer
Admin contact Paul Hickey