Research Programme B15: List of Projects

Last updated:
25 June 2003
Details of the Agency-funded projects under the Microbiological Safety of Eggs and Poultry research programme (B15).
This survey aims to measure campylobacter contamination on chicken collected at point-of -retail sale. The results would represent the risk of contamination presented to the UK consumer.
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This survey measures Campylobacter contamination on chicken collected at point-of-retail sale. The results represent the risk of contamination presented to the UK consumer from whole, fresh UK produced chickens and their packaging.
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This research examined how a newly discovered nitric oxide responsive regulator contributes to protection against nitrosative stress and intracellular survival of Campylobacter jejuni during infection.
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This project assessed the feasibility of using available immuno- and nucleic acid-based detection methodologies including lateral flow devices, an immuno biosensor, a loop-mediated isothermal amplification assay and real time Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays on farm, for the detection of Campylobacter.
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The objectives of the project are to determine the prevalence of campylobacter species in wild game pheasants processed in approved game handling establishments in Scotland, to identify the strain types found in pheasants and determine if these are the same as those isolated from broilers and humans in Scotland.
A rapid test, suitable for on-farm use, for the detection of Campylobacter can provide a tool for farmers to monitor and identify best practice. The aim of this proof-of-concept study was to develop and trial a dipstick-like test strip onto which a few drops of sample could be spotted for quick, easy, inexpensive and on-site detection of Campylobacter in chicken faeces.
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The project provides further insights on how Campylobacter grows and survives in meat and how it can be destroyed by appropriate heat treatment including sous vide which uses lower cooking temperatures. A predictive model and user guide has been developed to help the food industry to address this hazard in food production.
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Through the use of mathematical modelling, this study aimed to improve our knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of the interactions of the campylobacter bacteria with poultry. A single experiment design was used to investigate both susceptibility and transmission of campylobacter at the flock level.
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This project gathered and reviewed existing data on interventions to reduce Campylobacter contamination in poultry slaughterhouses. The information gained from this was used to carry out preliminary and full scale trials. It also provided data that would be required for submission to request approval for their use within the EU.
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This project gathered and reviewed existing data, including unpublished work, on interventions that could be used in future poultry processing, to reduce levels of Campylobacter. The information obtained was used to define the conditions for preliminary trials, leading to full scale tests on selected interventions, and a further investigation of the use of the 'best' interventions by industry.
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This project analysed the data generated by industry on Campylobacter colonisation of poultry batches originating from farms with enhanced biosecurity and control farms with standard biosecurity. The study supports the activities of the FSA aimed at reducing levels of Campylobacter spp. colonisation in poultry at farm level in the UK.
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This research assessed the effect of noradrenaline, produced by poultry in response to production stress, on Campylobacter jejuni gut colonisation in broiler chickens.
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Poultry processing plants were studied to determine changes in campylobacter carcass contamination levels and their possible causes. In-line modifications or interventions were devised to reduce campylobacter numbers on carcasses and investigations undertaken to see if particular Campylobacter spp or strains are influencing shifts in the numbers during processing.
This project will continue the epidemiological surveillance of campylobacteriosis in Oxfordshire, which has been ongoing since 2003. The 2003 to 2010 data will be used as a baseline, and compared with the data gathered in this project to see if an effect of interventions designed to control campylobacter in the poultry industry can be observed.
This project used state-of-the-art methods to determine the entire genetic code (genome) of Campylobacter strains from key stages within poultry processing and those associated with human disease. This genetic information was used to examine how variation in the physical traits (phenotype) are determined by changes to the genes (genotype).
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This study investigated how Campylobacter test result data from the UK poultry processing industry could be utilised to monitor progress against the agreed voluntary targets. It also attempted to identify processing practices that contribute to contamination.
This campylobacter monitoring programme of broiler slaughter batches and carcasses together with data collection, speciation and typing of isolates during the years (2012 to 2015) will allow the level of campylobacter contamination to be measured and any significant change in load of campylobacter to be detected over time.
This research project will recommend sampling and testing methods for on-farm and abattoir testing for campylobacters in broiler flocks.
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This research project identifies optimal sampling and testing procedures for the detection of Salmonella spp. on the broiler farm.
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