The TAFS forum has published a new White Paper entitled "Campylobacter - The role of poultry meat in Campylobacter epidemiology and mitigation measures along the food chain".
The aim of this paper is to present a fair appraisal of the current knowledge regarding epidemiology and intervention measures along the poultry food chain and to provide guidance for risk management decisions. It is not intended to promote or endorse any particular intervention strategy.
See https://tafsforum.org/other-topics.html for more details.
A new case of BSE or mad cow disease has been confirmed in Scotland, the first in the UK since 2015.
One of the central questions in the disease investigation will be whether it is a 'typical' or 'atypical' case as distinguished by 'Western Blot' testing. This will inform the search for the source of infection.
The TAFS Forum has been instrumental in solving the BSE crisis in Europe and will follow the situation closely. More information about BSE on our website https://tafsforum.org/tse.html
Avian influenza: Commission strengthens preparedness with new biosecurity rules for poultry farms at risk23 August 2018 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)
Today [released August 10], the Commission adopted a Decision which lays down harmonised risk mitigation and reinforced biosecurity measures in relation to avian influenza, to prevent virus introduction by contacts with infected wild birds. This will step up preparedness and prevention ahead of the winter season. The Decision is based on EFSA's recent scientific opinion and Member States' experiences with past epidemics. It will enhance Member States' capacities to deal with crisis situations, while giving the required flexibility built on a modern risk-based approach. The measures blend perfectly with the 'One Health approach' towards diseases affecting animals and possibly humans.
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