Elanco will be running a series of events this September to help egg producers minimise Salmonella risks.
The roadshow, centred around Elanco’s pioneering Food Safety Program (FSP), will see a host of industry experts deliver the latest thinking, advice and first-hand experience on maintaining food safety.
Three events will take place in Scotland, Yorkshire and Shropshire.
Rosie Booth, technical consultant at Elanco, says: “The supply chain has a collective responsibility to maintain consumer trust in the UK egg industry, and this starts on the farm, with the primary aim being to prevent Salmonella getting in.”
Food Safety Program
“The FSP has been set up to help farmers’ keep Salmonella off their farms and remain Salmonella-free in the long term.
The program has been developed over the past three years in association with Noble Foods and is a science-based, pragmatic tool for the industry,” explains Ms Booth.
The program takes producers on a journey, by encouraging them to challenge their current practices, stay alert to any changes on-farm and keep improving food safety.
“Reviewing what they’re doing on-farm so they can identify and prioritise risk factors is the first stage of the process.
Then the producer’s packer, if they are aligned to one, Elanco and the farm vet can benchmark the results and help come up to reduce risks further or keep risk low,” she says.
It is essential to be realistic with the recommendations and timescales for change.
“The FSP provides guidance on where to start, with a plan to tackle the biggest factors first and gradually reduce the risk over time.”
What can producers learn from attending?
Industry experts will be speaking at the roadshow, discussing key areas which influence food safety and how to mitigate the threat of Salmonella, as well as providing important updates.
Seminar topics include biosecurity, pest and rodent control measures, Salmonella genome sequencing and prevalence, as well as vaccination immune response.
The host for the roadshows is Nigel Barden, food and drink broadcaster, who will also be doing a live cooking demonstration.
Mark Williams from the British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) will kick-off events with practical updates on the Code of Practice.
Producers will then move around four different sessions, covering essential factors that can influence food safety.
The day will include a session on biosecurity and Salmonella vaccination immune response from a specialist poultry vet and Rosie Booth.
Becky Gosling at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) will also run a Salmonella genome sequencing and prevalence session.
The important topic of pest and rodent control will be covered off by Brady Hughes from Killgerm.
Attendees will also have the chance to hear from Jeremy Marsh and a local egg packer on how the FSP benefits producers.
Sign up for your nearest FSP roadshow event here: https://www.myelanco.co.uk/pub/fsp-roadshow-registration
FSP Roadshow details:
There are three FSP Roadshows taking place across the UK from 11 am to approximately 3:30 pm, including lunch:
- The Royal Highland Centre in Scotland on 15 September
- The Great Yorkshire Showground in Yorkshire on 21 September
- Oswestry Showground in Shropshire on 23 September
- 11 am – Coffee reception
- 11.15 am – Opening from Nigel Barden, food and drink broadcaster
- 11.30 am – Code of Practice Practical Updates from the British Egg Industry Council (BEIC)
- 12.15 pm – Lunch and cooking demonstration from Nigel Barden
- 1:15 pm – Producers will rotate around the following four sessions:
- Biosecurity and Salmonella Vaccination Immune Response from a local specialist poultry vet and technical consultant Rosie Booth from Elanco
- Salmonella Prevalence and Genome Sequencing Advances from Becky Gosling from the APHA
- Optimising Pest and Rodent Control from Brady Hughes, business development manager at Killgerm
- How FSP can benefit your farm from a local egg packer’s perspective and Jeremy Marsh from Elanco
- 3:15 pm – Closing discussions hosted by Nigel Barden