With the growth in free range over the last ten years introducing a whole new generation to egg production it is understandable that lessons hard learned get forgotten.
Whilst we have too easily become familiar with an enumerating array of influenza strains, diseases and cross contaminations we must not forget the one challenge that has to date proved to be the producer’s biggest foe – salmonella.
This foe shows no sign of allowing producers to rest on their laurels. A new highly drug resistant strain of salmonella – Heidelberg, a strain unknown to many, has emerged in the Americas resulting in large egg and poultry recalls. No producer wants to be the first to be linked with a new strain of salmonella in the UK.