Food safety issues: A summary report of a panel session addressing pre- and post-harvest strategies to improve public health

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Abstract

The paper presents a summary of a panel presentation by animal scientists and public health veterinarians on food safety methods to improve public health of the public consuming beef and poultry. Pre-harvest methods discussed include vaccination to decrease shedding of Esherichia coli O157:H7, direct-fed microbials (DFMs), calving methods, and responsible use of antimicrobials. Post-harvest methods discussed include increased sampling and use of hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) methods, test-and-hold of meat products prior to release for public consumption, development of attainment categories, the use of pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) for genotyping and serotyping, and an 11-step surveillance program. The public health concern and financial consequences of contamination with E. coli O157:H7 is discussed. A "carrot and stick" approach for both producers and processors to increase vaccination and product testing is recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-236
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of agromedicine
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Animal antimicrobials
  • Animal vaccination
  • Beef production
  • Direct-fed microbials
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Food safety
  • Food testing
  • Hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP)
  • Veterinary practice

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