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Research Project: Production and Processing Intervention Strategies for Poultry Associated Foodborne Pathogens

Location: Poultry Microbiological Safety & Processing Research

Title: Can disregard hot air quickly dry feces on transport cage flooring and eliminate campylobacter before cage re-use?

Author
item Cox, Nelson - Nac
item Berrang, Mark
item Northcutt, Julia - Clemson University
item Hofacre, Charles - University Of Georgia
item Cosby, Douglas
item Meinersmann, Richard - Rick
item Oakley, Brian - Western University Of Health Sciences
item Gamble, Gary
item Wilson, Jeanna - University Of Georgia

Submitted to: WATT Poultry USA
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/18/2017
Publication Date: 4/1/2017
Citation: Cox Jr, N.A., Berrang, M.E., Northcutt, J.K., Hofacre, C.L., Cosby, D.E., Meinersmann, R.J., Oakley, B.B., Gamble, G.R., Wilson, J.L. 2017. Can disregard hot air quickly dry feces on transport cage flooring and eliminate campylobacter before cage re-use?. WATT Poultry USA. p. 22-24.

Interpretive Summary: none

Technical Abstract: Allowing feces left on transport coops to dry is an effective way to reduce numbers of viable Campylobacter left by positive flocks. The problem with this approach is that poultry processors do not have the time, space or resources to maintain several times the minimum number of transport cages that would be required to wait for cages to dry. This study demonstrated that the use of hot air, flowing or static, reduced the time needed to dry feces on transport cage flooring and therefore effectively lowered the number of viable Campylobacter quickly.