Salmonella is a risk on dairy operations. Salmonellosis has nearly doubled in dairy herds, with twice the incidence in dairy cows since 1996, a U.S. Department of Agriculture study found.1 Another recent study of more than 400 dairies across the country found that 68% of all dairies tested positive for Salmonella.2 Salmonella can cause salmonellosis in dairy cattle, which could contaminate milk and meat.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2009 to 2010, Salmonella accounted for 30% of foodborne disease outbreaks and caused the most outbreak-related hospitalizations of all foodborne diseases. Foodborne transmission can account for 95% of Salmonella infections,3 and culled dairy cows are a potential source of Salmonella contamination of ground beef.4
Healthy animals can translate to healthy food. Keep your cattle healthy and help prevent Salmonella by:
No single herd is completely safe from Salmonella. The stress and financial drain associated with a severe outbreak is not worth leaving to fate. Take advantage of the tips provided at SalmonellaRisk.com to identify your farm’s risk factors. Discuss the results with your veterinarian to create a Salmonella prevention plan and vaccination program for your dairy.
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1 National Animal Health Monitoring System. Salmonella and Campylobacter on U.S. Dairy Operations, 1996–2007. APHIS Info Sheet, July 2009, #562.0709.
2 Data on file, Study Report No. 13ORFS-01, Zoetis Inc.
3 Mead PS, Slutsker L, Dietz V, et al. Food-Related Illness and Death in the United States. Emerg Infect Dis 1999 (5) 607-625.
4 Arthur TM, Brichta-Harhay DM, Bosilevac JM, et al. Prevalence and Characterization of Salmonella in Bovine Lymph Nodes Potentially Destined for Use in Ground Beef. J Food Prot. 2008;71 (8) 1685-1688.