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DAFM National Call 2011 11SF328 University College Dublin €183,300

Project Title:

Campylobacter control on Irish broiler farms

Project Coordinator:

Dr. Paul Whyte

Project Abstract

Campylobacteriosis is the most frequent cause of gastroenteritis in Ireland and across the EU. In addition, Campylobacter jejuni has been associated with the development of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a chronic and potentially fatal disorder of the peripheral nervous system. Poultry are the primary source of Campylobacter. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recently reported that Irish poultry carcasses have the second highest levels of Campylobacter contamination in the EU. This represents a serious threat to public health as well as the clean, green image of Irish food. This project will facilitate the application of a risk assessment approach to the development of a Campylobacter control programme for Irish poultry by addressing current knowledge/data gaps as identified by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) Scientific Report (FSAI, 2011). The research will; [1] provide data on the effect of age and thinning on broiler Campylobacter carriage; [2] investigate generation time within the caecum; [3] investigate the link between broiler house heating system and Campylobacter carriage (incidence and levels) and [4] establish which biosecurity measures are the most important for keeping Campylobacter out of Irish broiler houses, with particular emphasis on fly screens.

Final Report:

Final Report 11SF328 (pdf 350Kb)