Ricke discusses Salmonella issues at Colombia conference

Sept. 4, 2013
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Steven Ricke, Center for Food Safety
479-575-4678 / sricke@uark.edu

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Steven C. Ricke, director of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Center for Food Safety, delivered an invited presentation Sept. 4 at the second International Seminar on Avian Salmonellosis in Medellin, Colombia. Ricke’s presentation was titled “Emerging and Re-Emerging Strains: Ecology and Impact of Appearances.”

The conference was sponsored by the Latin American Poultry Association and the National Federation of Poultry Farmers of Colombia.

"Foodborne salmonellosis continues to be problem not just in our country but globally,” Ricke said. “As international trade in food commodities continues to grow it is important to be aware of food production practices in other countries and look for potential control measures that would be effective in these locations."

Ricke, who holds the Donald “Buddy” Wray Endowed Chair in Food Safety, focused on the problems caused by the increasing resistance to antibiotics by Salmonella and other pathogens. He said future research into the issue should cover the sources of Salmonella and antibiotic resistance.