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want to have input in the safety program. That input
should be taken into consideration, and managers
should follow through with solid ideas.
"A biosecurity plan is only as good as the execution by its people," Duncan said.
Turkey facilities need to have a solid program developed that can be easily communicated. Managers
should take the time to help people understand the
expectations of the program.
Good biosecurity tools and materials need to be
provided as well, he said.
A strong animal welfare program is particularly
important, and equally important is that all employees
fully understand and embrace it.
Duncan gave a metaphor saying today's poults have
been developed by leading geneticists and as a result
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are sophisticated, high-performance machines. In a
way, these poults are like a Ferrari. But most people
wouldn't park their Ferraris in a hay barn.
Turkey hatchery and breeding facilities must have
a zero-tolerance mindset when it comes to situations
where the animals are not receiving the best conditions
and treatment possible.
Continuous focus on animal welfare is also imperative. Duncan's advice is to train, retrain, trust and verify.
All workers must be fully
versed on food safety programs and
their importance. There cannot be
any weak links, and no shortcuts
can be allowed.
"There are no trophies for second place with Salmonella," said
Gerald Duncan, agriculture
operations adviser, Cargill
Turkey Products. Roy Graber