14 September 2012
Commits to Partnering with Layer Operations on Salmonella Control Programs
SUMMIT, NJ, Commercial egg-laying operators are keenly aware of how important effective disease management is to the health and production of their flocks, especially when the disease has the potential to result in food-borne illness. That’s why Merck Animal Health is committed to partnering with egg producers to find an effective and FDA-compliant solution for the prevention of Salmonella.
“At the end of 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published final guidelines for egg producers to help them further comply with the FDA egg safety rule. That ruling, coupled with the concerns we hear from our customers, has affirmed our commitment to developing vaccines that enable the producers to effectively protect not only their flocks, but also their businesses and reputations,” notes Charles Broussard, D.V.M, MAM, Technical Marketing at Merck Animal Health.
While many food-borne illnesses that were once a major threat to consumers have been nearly eliminated, Salmonella continues to be a concern to human, as well as poultry, health. Flock management practices that include vaccination against Salmonella can notably reduce the chance of an outbreak.
“At Merck Animal Health, we recognize the seriousness of this disease, which is why we are committed to providing layer and broiler operations with solutions that help them maintain flock health, as well as protect consumers against the threat of Salmonella,” says Dr. Broussard. “Our commitment to The Science of Healthier Animals involves knowing our customers, understanding their needs and responding with innovative, high-quality solutions.”
About Merck Animal Health
Today's Merck is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals. It invests extensively in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. Merck Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit www.merck-animal-health.com.