National programme to fight salmonella
A Welsh Assembly Government consultation on a programme to protect public
health by updating and enhancing existing controls on Salmonella in poultry
laying flocks has been announced.
"In particular," she continues, "it will set the target for an annual
reduction of at least 10% in the number of positive adult laying flocks,
compared with the previous year. The starting baseline in Wales and for the rest
of the UK, will be 8% prevalence of Salmonella Enteritidis and S. Salmonella
In 2004-2005, a nation-wide survey of commercial laying flocks showed that
approx. 8% of layer flock holdings in the UK were infected with Salmonella
Enteritidis or Salmonella Typhimurium.
"This demonstrates excellent progress of industry-led initiatives to reduce
Salmonella prevalence in laying flocks," said the minister, "However, work still
needs to be done to reduce this level further and minimise the possible impact
of the heat treatment requirement on producers. The NCP will enable the laying
flocks sector to build on its success in the protection of human health and
benefit from producers across the EU applying approaches that are consistent and
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