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Salmonella Isolation from Litter as an Indicator of Flock Infection and Carcass Contamination
T. R. S. Bhatia, G. D. McNabb, H. Wyman and G. P. S. Nayar
Vol. 23, No. 4 (Oct. - Dec., 1979), pp. 838-847
Published by: American Association of Avian Pathologists
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1589599
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The Salmonella status of 15 different farm flocks was assessed at the farm level and at processing plants. Bacteriological examination for Salmonella was made of litter, dust, feed, 5-day-old culled chicks, and chicken carcasses. Fresh straw litter was found contaminated with Salmonella and may be a source of flock infection. Culture of floor litter can be a practical method for detecting flock infection, and culture of 6-weeks litter in particular would be a good indicator of carcass contamination at processing plants. Properly pelleted feed did not contain Salmonella. Processing did not render carcasses free of Salmonella.
Avian Diseases © 1979 American Association of Avian Pathologists