Poultry Testing

Food Safety Testing – Salmonella

The Microbiology laboratory is an INAB accredited laboratory for the detection of foodborne Salmonella in a variety of sample types from all stages of production, from primary production through to final product testing. This includes testing feed and food intended for animal and human consumption and environmental samples associated with the food handling and production industries. We provide reliable results with efficient turnaround times.

The full range of accredited sample types are listed below:
  • Boot swabs
  • Chick box liners / hatcher basket liners
  • Chick carcases
  • Dust / fluff
  • Egg shell / litter / bedding
  • Environmental swabs
  • Food samples (raw and cooked)
  • Poultry and animal faeces
  • Poultry and animal feed
Hygiene Testing
The Microbiology laboratory offers a range of hygiene tests to meet the needs of the poultry industry including:
  • Aspergillus fumigatus screen
  • Coliform screen
  • Enterococci screen
  • Enterobacteria screen
  • Total viable count (TVC)
  • Water microbiology
Please contact the laboratory if your specific test requirements are not listed here.

Bird Health Testing – Salmonella gallinarum and Salmonella pullorum
Under EU law, all poultry producers must test their flocks for the presence of Salmonella gallinarum and Salmonella pullorum and the Microbiology laboratory has validated a method for the detection of these bacteria.
Salmonella gallinarum causes fowl typhoid, an acute septicaemic disease of poultry characterised by anorexia, diarrhoea, dehydration, weakness and death, and is primarily seen in mature birds. Pullorum disease is primarily a septicaemic disease of young chickens with very high mortality rates and is caused by Salmonella pullorum. It can be spread by direct or indirect contact with infected birds and also spreads from one generation to the next via egg transmission. Both are notifiable diseases but neither are currently present in Ireland.
Under EU animal health law, samples of fluff, meconium and dead day-old chicks from the hatchery must be tested for the presence of both bacteria every 6 weeks.

For further information please contact the laboratory at: microlab@irishequinecentre.ie