Biosecurity is one of the most important instruments within the general prophylaxis concept against Salmonella contamination on poultry farms. It consists of a set of preventive measures and precautions designed to prevent the introduction and spread of Salmonella into poultry flocks and all other elements of the related supply chain. Biosecurity therefore is one of the key preventative strategies for safe poultry products and should be part of a sound food safety program (DEFRA, 2005).

The application of adequate biosecurity measures is a complex matter as there are various entry paths for Salmonella. In addition, each farm is situated in different regional, environmental and organizational conditions which might influence the risk of a farm or supply chain element to become affected (Siekkinen et al, 2012). Therefore, a structured plan is needed to steer and accompany the daily routines in a comprehensive way. Furthermore, a regular review of the concept, e.g. whether it

  • covers farm-specific conditions
  • is followed by own and external staff
  • still fits to the organization and structure of the integration

is necessary to maintain a high level of biosecurity.

Although the implementation of a comprehensive biosecurity plan does cause a higher task load for each team member, biosecurity should not be considered as additional expense. It pays off fully for both flock health and consumer safety. It is an investment when it comes to sustainable flock performance in the prevention of poultry diseases, proper use of antibiotics as well as in a sound approach to produce Salmonella-free poultry products (Bowen et al, 2010).

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