UK egg producers ready to meet salmonella controls
With the deadlines for new European salmonella control
regulations for eggs approaching, the UK reports that it is well-placed to
comply with the rules.
The survey, which was conducted by the European Food Safety
, tested dust, bird faeces and other materials, and found
Salmonella on 79.5% of the premises tested in Portugal, 77.2% in Poland and
73.2% in Spain, (although experts agree that flock contamination does not
necessarily mean egg contamination).
In the survey, Britain achieved the lowest salmonella scored among the
larger countries, with salmonella detected in 11.9 percent of British flocks.
The comparatively low level is because of controls including compulsory
vaccination through the Lion Egg
scheme, according to Eduardo Bernardi, veterinarian
and director of marketing and registrations at Lohmann Animal
â€œBritish egg producers have set the example â€” determining the draft
guidelines the EU Commission set for future controls in layer flocks. Based on
the British experience, from 2008 vaccination of all flocks will become
compulsory in countries where salmonella exceeds 10 percent,â€ he said.
Bernardi warned, however, that vaccination does not provide a one-step
solution. Egg producers must focus on the salmonella control programme as a
whole, by disinfection, hygiene, vermin control and the introduction of
comprehensive bio-security programmes along with vaccination, he said.
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