Foodborne Disease Prevention and Broiler Chickens with Reduced Campylobacter Infection

A research study conducted in Denmark (originally published by the CDC in Emerging Infectious Diseases - Vol. 19, No. 3, March 2013) found that flocks using better fly control measures significantly decreased the presence of Campylobacter from 41% to just 10%.  The study provides hard numbers (on Campylobacter rates) but also supports the broader connection between composting, flies/scavengers and pathogens other than Campylobacter.  Click to download >> Research Study

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“This association between flies and Campylobacter spp. is not surprising because flies are natural carriers of many pathogens, including viruses, fungi, bacteria, and parasites.  Studies have shown that different fly species can harbor up to 100 species of pathogenic microorganisms  and that bacteria alone are linked to >65 diseases in humans and animals.  Houseflies live in close association with humans and breed in animal manure, human excrement, garbage, animal bedding, and decaying organic matter where bacteria are also abundant.”  (at page 425-26)

“Use of fly screens, or other means of fly control, could be an easy and effective way to reduce the number of cases of campylobacteriosis among humans worldwide … [and] could reduce the prevalence of costly poultry diseases carried by flies.  Flies are known to carry other poultry pathogens, such as Salmonella spp., E. coli, Pasteurella spp. and avian influenza virus.” (at page 428)

“Combining … intervention during the [grow out] period at the farm level with interventions during the slaughter processing should place a substantial improvement in food safety of broiler chicken meat within reach.”  (at page 428)