Food Safety

Use of encapsulated essential oils for controlling enteric bacterial pathogens in chickens

Principal Investigator - Joshua Gong, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Year the work was done - 2010-2013
Overall objective - To optimize protocols to encapsulate essential oils and test their antimicrobial activity in target regions of the chicken gut.

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Development of Salmonella enteritidis vaccine for layers and breeding hens

Principal Investigator - Martine Boulianne, University of Montreal
Year the work was done - 2010-2013
Overall objective - To develop a new vaccine against Salmonella enteritidis in laying and breeder hens, and verify post-vaccination immune response and efficacy in challenged chicks.

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Assessment and mitigation of contamination risks: critical knowledge to reduce diseases and increase biosecurity compliance

Principal Investigator - Jean-Pierre Vaillancourt, University of Montreal
Year the work was done - 2014-2017
Overall objective - Determine the level of contamination after biosecurity breaches at barn entrances and evaluation of sanitation procedures to mitigate them and determine how pathogen loads are affected by current barn sanitation procedures recommended by the poultry industry.

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Antimicrobials not antibiotic-based platform to treat Salmonella enteriditis infection in laying hens

Principal Investigator - Marya Ahmed, University of Prince Edward Island
Year the work was done - 2018-2021
Overall objective - To prepare vitamin B5 functionalized cationic amphipathic peptides of different hydrophobicity and cationic character by solid phase peptide synthesis and study their biocompatibility and antimicrobial properties in gram positive and gram negative bacteria in vitro.

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Bacteriophage intervention during poultry carcass chilling and packaging to control Campylobacter and Salmonella contamination

Principal Investigator - Hany Anany, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Year the work was done - 2018-2023
Overall objective - Assess the efficacy of Campylobacter and Salmonella phage cocktails in reducing count of their hosts on poultry carcasses when applied during the chilling step and embedded in the packaging absorbent pads.

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Towards the determination of the level of dietary phosphorus and calcium in pullets and laying hens that will optimize body mineral status, maximize performance, longevity, welfare and the industry sustainability

Principal Investigator - Marie-Pierre Létourneau Montminy, Laval University
Year the work was done - 2018-2023
Overall objective - Develop a mathematical model of the fate of dietary phosphorus and calcium in pullets and laying hens to establish dietary recommendations.

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