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Views sought on updating national plan to control Salmonella in breeding poultry flocks

by 5m Editor
17 August 2006, at 1:42pm

UK - A programme to protect public health by updating and enhancing existing controls on Salmonella in poultry breeding flocks of domestic fowl (Gallus gallus) has been put out to consultation.

The existing control programme in breeder flocks has been in operation in its current form since 1993.

Defra is asking food producers, vets, consumers and retailers how they think the National Control Programme – which is required by a European Union Regulation – should be implemented.

The new measures, due to become law early in 2007, sets a target for the breeding flock sector to ensure that no more than 1% of breeding flocks with more than 250 birds remain positive for Salmonellas of human health significance by end of 2009.

They will also have to meet minimum sampling requirements to verify the achievement of this target and take special measures in the event that specific Salmonellas are discovered.

The breeding flock sector is already meeting many of the requirements of the National Control Programme, including the reduction target. The consultation aims to implement the new law in the most effective manner.

The full consultation package, which includes the National Control Programme, a summary of the consultation and an assessment of the likely impact of the regulations is available at
www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/ncp-breeders/index.htm.

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