A Model for Setting Performance Objectives for Salmonella in the Broiler Supply Chain

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    Abstract

    A stochastic model for setting performance objectives for Salmonella in the broiler supply chain was developed. The goal of this study was to develop a model by which performance objectives for Salmonella prevalence at various points in the production chain can be determined, based on a preset final performance objective at the end of the processing line. The transmission of Salmonella through the broiler production chain was modeled. The prevalence at flock level was calculated from the measured prevalence at sample level. The transmission model is based on data on the occurrence of Salmonella collected in the Dutch broiler production chain during several years. The developed model can be used by policymakers and industry to determine economically and politically acceptable performance objectives for various points of the production chain and to draw conclusions about which interventions are most appropriate.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)945-951
    JournalRisk Analysis
    Volume30
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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