EFSA publishes Salmonella and bio-hazard advice
The Biological Hazards Panel (BIOHAZ) of the European
Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was asked by the European Commission to deliver a
scientific opinion on microbiological risk assessment in feeding stuffs for
According to the Panel, Salmonella is the major biological hazard for
animal feed, with other bacteria such as Listeria (Listeria monocytogenes), E.
coli (Escherichia coli O157 : H7) and Clostridium spp. having less importance.
Salmonella-contaminated animal feed can be a source of infection for
food-producing animals and derived food products. The most common types of
Salmonella occurring in humans are seldom found in animal feed. However, some
types of Salmonella found in feed are also found in humans.
EFSA's BIOHAZ Panel Chair, Dan Collins, said, â€œAnimal feed can be a source
of several types of Salmonella. Eliminating Salmonella in animal feed even
before it gets to the farm will make a contribution to reducing Salmonella in
â€œEFSA with its comprehensive risk assessment mandate, from animal health
and welfare, to food and feed safety is uniquely placed to provide a
comprehensive risk assessment view on Salmonella and other microbiological
risks. This opinion is a good example of how EFSA is moving towards an
integrated approach in its risk assessment work.â€
Biological Hazards Panel (BIOHAZ)
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