The IFEEDER has launched a research to evaluate the idea that salmonella bacteria, known to be harmful for human consumption, are not harmful when used in animal feed. The final report will be published at the end of 2018.
The Institute for Feed Education & Research (IFEEDER), along with several partners -including the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), National Pork Board, National Renderers Association, Poultry Protein and Fat Council, U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, and U.S. Soybean Board- has launched a new research project with the University of Arkansas to analyze whether animal feed contains any of the serotypes from the bacteria salmonella that could pose a health threat to livestock. The yearlong project is aimed at helping the animal feed industry better understand if the bacteria is prevalent at their manufacturing facilities and what can be done if so.
The Food and Drug Administration considers eight specific salmonella serotypes to be hazardous to five animal species -poultry, swine, sheep, horses, and dairy and beef cattle. To prevent these serotypes from posing a risk, AFIA and its partners formed salmonella in Feed Coalition, providing a $50,000 grant to the University of Arkansas to conduct a thorough research analysis. The project will invite 250 U.S. animal food mills that produce livestock feed to send samples to the university for analysis. Kansas State University, another partner in the project, is developing guidance materials for the volunteers to explain how to collect the samples. The facilities will take the samples in the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018 from their bulk feed shipments. In all, 500 samples will be collected and analyzed.
Once the samples are received, Arkansas University researchers will test to see if salmonella is present. If so, it will be further analyzed to determine the specific serotype. The university will provide a full report at the end of summer 2018.
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