Enteric Zoonoses On Farm strategies for prevention. Dr. Paul Kitching Chief Provincial Veterinarian Director Animal Health Branch BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands October 22, 2009. Todays Topics. Overview of meat, milk, egg production in BC
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Dr. Paul Kitching
Chief Provincial Veterinarian
Director Animal Health Branch
BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
October 22, 2009
-269,325,000 lbs. of beef produced annually
Is it Safe?
The risk of being infected with swine influenza viruses through the consumption of pork or pork products is negligible.
Influenza viruses are generally restricted to the respiratory tract of pigs and are not detected in the muscle (meat) of pigs, even during acute illness.
Animals are not sterile.
The environment is not sterile.
Foods without bacterial kill steps (pasteurization, irradiation, thorough cooking)
can have risks
E.Coli O157 :H7
Evidence of efficacy
Sargeant et al. Pre-harvest Interventions to Reduce Shedding of E.coli O157 in the faeces of weaned domestic ruminants: Systematic Review Zoonoses and Public Health 2007; 54(6-7):260-77
Post harvest Strategies:
proper storage, handling, prep, cooking..