Researchers say poultry house pests to blame for spreading bacteria

Researchers say poultry house pests to blame for spreading bacteria

TUCKER, Ga. (RFD-TV) A U.S. Poultry-funded research project points to poultry house pests as potential causes of salmonella and Campylobacter in turkeys.

Flies, beetles, rodents and other pests have been identified as a means of the organisms’ transmission on farms.

The study also found that sanitizing hatching eggs reduced the contamination of eggshells by salmonella, although use of a probiotic did not reduce the prevalence of either organism.

Read the full summary from the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association below:

USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., and at the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Athens, Ga., that studied the transmission of Salmonella and Campylobacter in breeder and market turkeys. The project is part of the Association’s comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. A brief summary of the completed project is shown below. A complete report, along with information on other Association research, may be obtained by going to USPOULTRY’s website, http://www.uspoultry.org. The project summary is as follows:

Project #F037 Salmonella and Campylobacter contamination of turkeys, from breeders to processed carcasses

(Dr. Doug Smith; Dr. Jesse Grimes; Dr. Sophia Kathariou; and Maria Crespo Rodriguez, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., and Dr. Nelson Cox and Dr. Jeff Buhr, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Athens, Ga.)

The study, led by Dr. Doug Smith at North Carolina State University, points to poultry house pests (i.e.: flies, beetles, rodents, etc.) as potential vectors of both organisms. Although vertical transmission from breeders to market turkeys was not demonstrated, it was shown that both Salmonella and Campylobacter could be found in semen and in the reproductive tract of hens. Sanitizing of hatching eggs reduced the contamination of eggshells by Salmonella. In this study, use of a probiotic did not reduce the prevalence of either organism.

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