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Assessment of the Risks to the UK Livestock Industry from Animal Feed and Ingredients Contaminated with E.coli 157 - OZ0701

Escherichia coli O157 is spread via animal faeces and contaminated water supplies. Possible routes of transfer from the soil to plant material include rain-splash, insect transmission, wind and harvesting machinery. The organisms appear to be robust enough to survive many of the processes applied to these materials prior to them being marketed as animal feeds. At present there is very limited information reported on the likely risk posed to the UK livestock industry from the importation of feeds contaminated with Escherichia coli O157 from different countries.

This project aims to carry out a risk assessment on E. coli O157 in imported animal feed stuffs and ingredients; assess current controls at import/manufacture; evaluate current monitoring and contamination routes of E. coli to animal feeds. This will be done using a literature survey and consultation with contacts in the animal feeding stuffs industry.

This study will identify the risk of E. coli O157 entering the human food chain in the UK via imported feed. The conclusions reached will help in the formulation of policy and legislation directed at the control of E. coli. The report may be incorporated into a Code of Practice or Advisory Note for the agricultural industry. The results will also lead to one of the Pennington report recommendations being met.

Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1998

To: 1999

Cost: £10,850
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Fields of Study
Animal Health