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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Pre-Slaughter Intervention Strategies to Reduce Food-Borne Pathogens in Food Animals: What Are We Doing?

item Callaway, Todd
item Anderson, Robin
item Edrington, Thomas
item Genovese, Kenneth
item Poole, Toni
item Harvey, Roger
item Nisbet, David

Submitted to: Feedinfo News Service
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: January 11, 2005
Publication Date: January 11, 2005
Citation: Callaway, T.R., Anderson, R.C., Edrington, T.S., Genovese, K.J., Poole, T.L., Harvey, R.B., Nisbet, D.J. 2005. Pre-slaughter intervention strategies to reduce food-borne pathogens in food animals: What are we doing? Feedinfo News Service Scientific Reviews. Available:

Technical Abstract: Food-borne bacterial diseases affect more than 76 million Americans each year, many of these illnesses are caused by consumption of foodstuffs produced from animals. In spite of post-harvest pathogen reduction strategies, food-borne illnesses still occur far too frequently. Therefore, strategies that expand the continuum of intervention from the abattoir back through both the feedlot and finishing floor all the way to the farm have the greatest potential to reduce pathogenic contamination of meats and resultant human illnesses. A broad range of pre-slaughter intervention strategies have been contemplated and are currently under investigation. The simultaneous application of several pre-slaughter strategies has the potential to synergistically reduce the incidence of human food-borne illnesses by erecting multiple hurdles against entry of pathogens into the food chain.

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