European Union - Quantitative microbiological risk assessment on salmonella in slaughter and breeder pigs: final report

Following a request from the European Commission, the Panel on Biological Hazards was asked to deliver a scientific opinion on a Quantitative Microbiological Risk Assessment (QMRA) of Salmonella in slaughter and breeder pigs. The assessment would provide the input for a future cost/benefit analysis of setting a target for reduction in slaughter pigs at EU level. EFSA commissioned a QMRA modelling the pig meat food chain from farm to fork.
Wednesday 21 April 2010 (7 years 10 months 2 days ago)
Following a request from the European Commission, the Panel on Biological Hazards was asked to deliver a scientific opinion on a Quantitative Microbiological Risk Assessment (QMRA) of Salmonella in slaughter and breeder pigs. The assessment would provide the input for a future cost/benefit analysis of setting a target for reduction in slaughter pigs at EU level. EFSA commissioned a QMRA modelling the pig meat food chain from farm to fork.

The fraction of human salmonellosis cases attributable to Salmonella in pigs and pig meat will vary considerably between MSs and will mainly depend on i) the Salmonella occurrence (prevalence and numbers) in pigs and pig meat, ii) consumption patterns and preferences and iii) the relative importance of other Salmonella sources. From the descriptive and comparable analysis of the serovar distribution in animal sources and humans, a cautious assessment would be that around 10-20% of human Salmonella infections in EU may be attributable to the pig reservoir as a whole.

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/scdocs/scdoc/1547.htm

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