Optimum Duration of Feed and Water Removal Prior to Processing in Order to Reduce the Potential for Fecal Contamination in Turkeys

Gary E. Duke, Maureen Basha, Sally Noll

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Abstract

Feed and water withdrawal (FWW) prior to processing of poultry is an efficient and commonly employed method to attempt to reduce contamination of carcasses by contents of the gastrointestinal tract during processing. This study indicated that 4 h of FWW is as good as 8 or 12 h in reducing both water and dry matter content of the tract of market age turkeys of both sexes. This duration of FWW also minimizes shrinkage of the carcass.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)516-522
Number of pages7
JournalPoultry science
Volume76
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1997

Keywords

  • Fecal contamination
  • Feed withdrawal
  • Turkey
  • Water withdrawal

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