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Blackall, P. J. (2012) Food-borne pathogens - a key issue for all food animal industries. In: 12th Government Food Analysts Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

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Article Link: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:254291


The modern consumer has an attitude that food safety is non-negotiable issue – the consumer simply demands food to be safe. Yet, at the same time, the modern consumer has an expectation that the food safety is the responsibility of others – the primary producer, the processing company, the supermarket, commercial food handlers and so on. Given this environment, all food animal industries have little choice but to regard food safety as a key issue. As an example, the chicken meat industry, via the two main industry funding bodies – the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (Chicken Meat) and the Poultry CRC – has a comprehensive research program that seeks to focus on reducing the risks of food-borne diseases at all points of the food processing chain – from the farm to the processing plant. The scale of the issue for all industries can be illustrated by an analysis of the problem of campylobacterosis – a major food-borne disease. It has been estimated that there are around 230,000 cases of campylobacterosis per year. In 1995, it was estimated that each case of food-borne campylobacterosis in the USA was costing between $(US) 350-580. Hence, a reasonable conservative estimate is that each Australian case in 2010 would result in a cost of around $500 (this includes hospital, medication and lost productivity costs). Hence, this single food-borne agent could be costing Australian society around $115 million annually. In the light of these types of estimated costs for just one food-borne pathogen, it is easy to understand the importance that all food animal industries place on food safety.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Business groups:Animal Science
Additional Information:Glenn Graham Michael Netzel Trudy Graham Mary Fletcher Gloria Karagianis Cindy Giles Ujang Tinggi Pieter Scheelings 39-43
Subjects:Science > Microbiology
Live Archive:10 Apr 2014 04:11
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:49

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