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Animal production food safety: priority pathogens for standard setting (…)

Author(s) : T.J.D. Knight-Jones, G.E. Mylrea & S. Kahn

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In this short study, expert opinion and a literature review were used to identify the pathogens that should be prioritised by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) for the development of future standards for animal production food safety. Prioritisation was based on a pathogen’s impact on human health and amenability to control using on-farm measures. As the OIE mandate includes alleviation of global poverty, the study focused on developing countries and those with ‘in-transition’ economies. The regions considered were Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South America. Salmonella (from species other than poultry) and pathogenic Escherichia coli were considered to be top priorities. Brucella spp., Echinococcus granulosus and Staphylococcus aureus were also mentioned by experts.
 
Keywords
Developing countries – Escherichia coli – Expert opinion – Foodborne – Priority – Salmonella – Standards – World Organisation for Animal Health – Zoonosis.

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