Food-borne pathogens – a key issue for all food animal industries

Blackall, P. J. (2012). Food-borne pathogens – a key issue for all food animal industries. In: Glenn Graham, Michael Netzel, Trudy Graham, Mary Fletcher, Gloria Karagianis, Cindy Giles, Ujang Tinggi and Pieter Scheelings, Technology for Food Quality: Proceedings 12th Government Food Analysts Conference. 12th Government Food Analysts Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (39-43). 22-24 February 2011.

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Author Blackall, P. J.
Title of paper Food-borne pathogens – a key issue for all food animal industries
Conference name 12th Government Food Analysts Conference
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 22-24 February 2011
Proceedings title Technology for Food Quality: Proceedings 12th Government Food Analysts Conference
Place of Publication Coopers Plains, QLD, Australia
Publisher Health and Food Sciences Precinct
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9780977596867
Editor Glenn Graham
Michael Netzel
Trudy Graham
Mary Fletcher
Gloria Karagianis
Cindy Giles
Ujang Tinggi
Pieter Scheelings
Start page 39
End page 43
Total pages 5
Collection year 2013
Abstract/Summary 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.
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