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

Location: Poultry Microbiological Safety and Processing Research Unit

Title: Washing broiler transport cages - if not, why not?

item Cox Jr, Nelson
item Berrang, Mark
item Cosby, Douglas
item NORTHCUTT, JULIE - Clemson University
item SMITH, DOUGLAS - Clemson University
item HOFACRE, CHARLES - Southern Poultry Research, Inc
item Meinersmann, Richard - Rick
item OAKLEY, BRIAN - Western University Of Health Sciences
item WILSON, JEANNA - University Of Georgia
item Hinton Jr, Arthur

Submitted to: Poultry USA
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/1/2018
Publication Date: 5/1/2018
Citation: Cox Jr, N.A., Berrang, M.E., Cosby, D.E., Northcutt, J.L., Smith, D.P., Hofacre, C.L., Meinersmann, R.J., Oakley, B.B., Wilson, J.L., Hinton Jr, A. 2018. Washing broiler transport cages - if not, why not? Poultry USA. pp. 22-23.

Interpretive Summary: none

Technical Abstract: Transport cages are a significant source of bacterial contamination from one flock to the next. At present, most poultry companies in the U.S. are not washing coops, but may soon have to because of the ongoing Campylobacter issues. Major modifications to the animal receiving and transport area would be required to change the style of cages used for catching and transport areas would be required plus installation of washing and sanitizing equipment. In addition, there would be the cost of chemicals and treatment of cage wash runoff water. In the foreseeable future, many poultry companies may decide to wash and sanitize these cages between uses to prevent failed regulatory tests of fully processed broiler carcasses.