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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Abattoir Holding Pens As a Source of Salmonella for Swine

Authors
item Rostagno, M - FEDERAL UNIV OF LAVRAS
item Hurd, Howard
item Mckean, J - IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
item Ziemer, Cherie
item Gailey, Jared
item Leite, R - FEDERAL UNIV MINAS GERAIS

Submitted to: International Symposium on Epidemiology and Control of Salmonella in Pork
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: September 5, 2001
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: This study was designed to determine if rapid Salmonella infection is possible during the pre-slaughter holding period at swine abattoirs. For 24 groups of pigs studied in 2 high-capacity abattoirs, pooled fecal samples were collected from the transport trailer right after pigs were unloaded (pre-holding samples). Holding pens were sampled prior to the entry of study pigs for the pre-slaughter holding. After slaughter, cecal contents and ileocecal lymph nodes were collected from 30 pigs in each studied group (post-holding samples). From all holding pens sampled (100%) at least one Salmonella serovar was isolated. All groups of pigs were Salmonella-positive in the post-holding sampling, including those groups Salmonella-negative in the pre-holding sampling. Some groups had Salmonella serovars that matched serovars isolated from the holding pens, but not with serovars isolated from the pre-holding samples. Results indicate that the abattoir holding pens constitute an important source of Salmonella infections for swine.

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