Salmonella biofilm reduction and drinking water treatment in broiler and poultry processing facilities by novel green technologies

Project Details

Status: Completed
Investment: $270,000
Commodity: Chicken
Organization: University of Alberta
Investigator: Roopesh Syamaladevi

Salmonella-related recalls have a huge economic impact on the Canadian broiler and poultry industry.

Why is this research important for Alberta ag?

Chicken is the most consumed animal protein. Poultry products have been associated with salmonella related recalls frequently. Salmonella is one of the main foodborne pathogens and a persistent problem to the broiler industry. Salmonella-related recalls have a huge economic impact on the Canadian broiler and poultry industry.

Drinking water quality and hygiene of drinking water systems (DWS) are extremely significant for the body weight, liveability, health, and overall livestock performance. Salmonella can form biofilms in broiler DWS and are commonly found in broiler drinking water. Salmonella can also exist as biofilms on food processing equipment or contact surfaces.

Chemical disinfectants are commonly used in the poultry industry, but biofilms are much more resistant to chemicals and other antimicrobial treatments compared to other bacteria. This research aims to explore and develop effective, "green" antimicrobial technologies which can reduce the water and chemical use in poultry facilities, improving consumer safety and reducing economic burden related to outbreaks.

What benefits can producers expect from this research?

This research is timely because the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is currently requiring new measures at broiler/processing levels to reduce salmonella in poultry products. This research can lead to the development of novel technologies, which can significantly reduce salmonella-related safety issues; a consistent issue in the poultry and broiler industry.

How will these research findings reach producers on-farm?

Data will disseminated through collaborative efforts, industry events, as well as publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Funded in part by the Government of Canada under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.