CategoryPre-Harvest Pork Safety
Date Full Report Received08/25/2006
Date Abstract Report Received07/21/2008
InvestigationInstitution: Ohio State University
Primary Investigator: Wondwossen Gebreyes
Co-Investigators: James McKean, Julie Funk, Peter Bahnson
Funded ByNational Pork Board
Three globally important zoonotic foodborne pathogens including Salmonella, Trichinella and Toxoplasma, were studied. Serological analysis of these pathogens was conducted on samples collected from two distinct pig production systems: antimicrobial-free, niche market type (ABF) and conventional (indoor-reared). The results from this preliminary study enabled us to understand that all the three pathogens were more commonly present in pigs that were reared in antimicrobial-free, out-door, niche-market type of environment than the commercial conventional indoor types of herds. This was found to be consistent in all the three states that were included in the current study: North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin.