GREENFIELD, Ind. — Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company, on Tuesday announced the launch of its U.S. Salmonella 360 platform at the 2018 International Production & Processing Expo. Salmonella 360 is an innovative, holistic approach to Salmonella control which utilizes food safety resources and experience from across the poultry industry.
The impact of Salmonella on poultry
Salmonella is the most prevalent bacterial cause of foodborne illness in the United States, and nearly one-third of the one million cases reported each year can be attributed to eggs and poultry. The poultry industry is uniquely positioned to reduce this risk, one that is shared within each stage of production and cannot be placed on processing plants alone.
“Elanco understands the role the industry has in reducing and mitigating Salmonella risk, and Salmonella 360 is a resource that demonstrates the role all stages of production can play,” said Sara Steinlage, D.V.M., Elanco Poultry Technical Advisor.
True Salmonella solutions require an integrated, comprehensive approach to food safety, which means every stage from egg to plate should be treated as the last line of defense.
“This is our tangible connection with consumers, and they are trusting us with the health and well-being of their families,” said Scott Gustin, D.V.M. Director of Veterinary Services, Tyson Foods. “Food safety is job number one for our industry, and the more we can bring that focus back to the farms where it all starts, the better.”
Salmonella 360 — A holistic approach to food safety
Bird health and food safety go hand-in-hand, which is why Elanco is instituting a focused effort on Salmonella control at every stage of production.
“Salmonella has historically been viewed as a processing plant issue because it doesn’t present health or performance issues for the bird itself,” Steinlage said. “However, issues not seen in one stage of production can create significant issues in a later stage.”
The health of a flock and the solutions implemented during grow-out play an important role in managing Salmonella. Vaccinations, feed additives and water solubles can help strengthen bird health, giving a flock the ability to fight infections and reach their potential.
“Processing plants do a tremendous job as our last line of disease defense, but too much Salmonella can stress the effectiveness of their interventions,” said Gustin. “Live-side solutions can help us reduce incidence of Salmonella earlier in the process so the entire burden doesn’t fall on processers.”
This year marks Elanco’s 55th year of exhibiting at IPPE.