With stringent EU legislation on Salmonella control in full force across the poultry industry, DuPont Virkon S has recently been re-evaluated to specifically address these European laws.
With stringent EU legislation on Salmonella control in full force across the poultry industry, DuPont Virkon S has recently been re-evaluated at Wageningen University in The Netherlands to specifically address the EU legislation.
According to DuPont, the latest EN 1656 Salmonella studies confirmed that Virkon S achieved excellent dilution rates of 1:100 and 1:200 against all of the five most prevalent human health-related strains of Salmonella – S. enteritidis, S. typhimurium, S. virchow, S. infantis and S. hadar.
Contamination with the five Salmonella strains known to be associated with regular human food poisoning has made it difficult for producers to sell birds and eggs. It has therefore never been more important for producers to reassess, fine tune and implement an effective routine Salmonella biosecurity strategy.
Virkon S is designed for use in all Salmonella prevention and decontamination procedures in the poultry house including the disinfection of surfaces, equipment, foot dips and vehicle wheel dips and cold fogging at a 1:100 dilution rate.
For livestock transport, water systems and aerial disinfection in the presence of birds at a 1:200 dilution, Virkon S unlike a number of other disinfectants, remains effective in the presence of organic challenge. Also highly effective at low temperatures and across the pH spectrum, Virkon S requires only a brief contact time of 30 seconds which makes it the disinfectant of choice for poultry house footdips.
Tony Pearson, poultry technical director at DuPont, said: “Enhanced Salmonella biosecurity is an area that most producers are giving great thought to, but this needs to be worked at and tailored to specific farms, with constant review. Producers need to think about how Salmonella can get onto farm and then think of policies to try and prevent this.”