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What is ZAP Salmonella

In June 2002 the British Pig Executive (BPEX) introduced the Zoonoses Action Plan (ZAP) Salmonella Monitoring Programme. ZAP was introduced following a report published in 2000, which indicated that a proportion of pigs arriving at abattoirs carried Salmonella and the risk of contaminating the meat was present.

So far the number of cases of Salmonellos is in people connected with pork or pork products have been very low. Nevertheless, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Defra made it clear that they expected action to reduce the prevalence of Salmonella in pigs. EU legislation under consideration will require all countries to introduce Salmonella control programmes. Thus the ZAP Programme was introduced in order to safeguard and build on the image of British pig production, and to help ensure that any risk to our consumers, however small, is minimised.

On the basis of quarterly results producers are allocated a ZAP status. The levels are as follows:

  • ZAP 1 Low prevalence of salmonella
  • ZAP 2 Moderate prevalence of salmonella
  • ZAP 3 High prevalence of salmonella

This ZAP status is updated on a rolling quarterly basis.

Producers in ZAP 2 and 3 will be required to take various actions on their farms to reduce the prevalence of salmonella on their unit and thereby reduce the risk of pigs becoming infected with salmonella.

To find out more about the ZAP, click on the links below to download the booklets.


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