Dr. Alissa Welsher is Associate Senior Consultant at Elanco Poultry Food Safety. Dr. Welsher received her B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as an M.S. degree in Poultry Science and a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Arkansas. Her area of expertise is molecular physiology, and she specializes in heat stress and gut health.
In this episode of Food Safety Matters, we speak with Dr. Welsher about:
- Why a comprehensive Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program is crucial in a poultry processing plant
- Why it is important, at the farm level, to consider pests that carry foodborne pathogens upstream, and the types of pests that carry foodborne pathogens
- Pathogens that cause problems in poultry houses
- Why producers should prioritize IPM as an important part of food safety programs
- Strategies to minimize the spread of pathogens and disease from pests throughout farms
- How producers can reevaluate IPMs in response to resistance issues
- Best practices for processors to manage resistance
- How Elanco’s Food Safety team can help poultry producers develop an IPM program to address food safety concerns
- Where listeners can learn more about Elanco and its solutions for developing an IPM program.
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