National Microbiological Baseline Study in Broiler Chicken
December 2012 – December 2013


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) would like to thank and recognize the substantial work carried out by its partners and the contributions of various organizations that made this national microbiological baseline study (MBS) in broiler chicken possible:

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for providing the necessary operational funds to deliver the MBS including preparation, coordination, sampling and testing of poultry samples and communications.
  • The Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council and its technical committee for providing technical support and coordination of the design and implementation of the MBS.
  • The industry personnel and CFIA inspection staff at each federally-registered poultry establishment enrolled in the MBS for collecting broiler chicken and raw chicken meat samples.
  • The provincial inspectors from the Regional Health Authorities, Public Health Units and Agriculture Ministries and CFIA inspectors from Waterloo region who collected raw chicken meat products from retail stores across the country for the MBS.
  • The Laboratory for Foodborne Zoonoses of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Fallowfield Laboratory of the CFIA for characterizing the bacterial isolates recovered from the positive samples.
  • The Bureau of Microbial Hazards of Health Canada for their support in assessing the performance of the analytical methods during the course of the study.
  • The Laboratory Services Division of the University of Guelph under contract for testing all broiler chicken and raw chicken meat samples during the pilot and study phases.
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