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Chile to implement national salmonella control for eggs

Chile’s egg industry plans to roll-out a salmonella control programme in 2014, which will make them the first Latin American country to implement such a programme nationwide.

According to Patricio Kurte, General Manager of the Chilean Egg Producers Association (Asohuevo), from 2014 all egg producers in Chile will have to comply with the rules set out in the control programme, which will be monitored by the Agriculture and Livestock Service of Chile (SAG).

"Chile will be the first country in Latin America to implement the salmonella national programme in 2014. The aim of the initiative is to ensure the safety of the egg in a better way," Kurte said.

The plan began initially as a voluntary initiative by Asohuevo, it was then supported by the Agricultural and Livestock Service of Chile (SAG), making it a requirement for the operation of all layer flocks above a certain threshold of birds.

Kurte emphasised that "there is no country in the world that has eradicated salmonella completely, so we are talking about a control plan and not its elimination. This is a bacteria with which one lives, it is characteristic of the environment in which we operate day to day."

Maria de los Angeles

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