Less salmonella in Dutch feeds

23-06-2006 | |

The percentage of salmonella positive raw materials has decreased from 4.7 to 3.4% last year compared to 2004.

Compound feed was very low in salmonella, between 0.3 and 0.8%. This is the outcome of the evaluation of the Dutch salmonella policy by the Product Board for Animal Feed (PDV).

PDV reckons the decrease in salmonella findings is due to extra efforts the animal feed industry has employed to fight the bacterium. These extra efforts entail the mapping of critical steps in the production process and the use of all kinds of control measures. Salmonella sampling and analysis were spearheaded in the GMP+ checklist for auditing.

In 2005 some 35,000 salmonella reports were send to the Database Undesirable Materials of PDV. This is an increase of 7% compared to 2004. The increase is also a result of the implementation of a web application, which facilitated companies to send in their data easier and much faster.

To lower the administrative and financial burdens that go with the salmonella control program PDV intends to make a division between suppliers. Those suppliers that already for a long time had none or very few salmonella positive results can be relieved from stricter monitoring pressure. In the coming months PDV will fill further details on this.