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Cryptosporidium parvum in Food and Water

Cryptosporidium parvum is a parasite which has already causes significant public health problems in the water industry and is now emerging as a potential food contaminant. This parasite can be present in the intestinal tract of animals including cattle and sheep and can be excreted in stable form as an oocyst from infected hosts. The oocyst can then contaminate the environment and enter the water and/or food chain. The clinical symptoms of C. parvum infection include acute watery diarrhoea with abdominal pain, accompanied by vomiting and weight loss. The disease is usually self-limiting with a duration of 2-3 weeks, although it can last up to 6 weeks. However in immunocompromised people the illness can become chronic and persistent. There is no specific antibiotics or clinical treatment available for treatment of this infection. While predominantly considered a water borne contaminant, Cryptosporidium parvum has also been linked to a small number of food borne outbreaks involving raw goats milk, tripe, salad, raw milk, offal and sausage and apple cider. To date, the source of many C. parvum infections have never identified due to a lack of routine methods for the detection of this pathogen and there is sparse data available on the risk the parasite poses in foods.

01 January 2003
Type
Event Proceeding
131 Pages
672KB
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Safety in the Farm Workshop

Every farm has a requirement to carry out machinery maintenance and repairs. Accordingly, a workshop and an array of workshop tools and equipment are required. Of course, the extent of workshop equipment varies considerably from farm to farm, varying from the very basic, required by farmers with few machines, to a complete workshop, required by highly mechanised farms and contractors.

01 January 2003
Type
Booklet
28 Pages
237KB
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Safe Use of Livestock Medicines For Cattle and Sheep Farms

This booklet was prepared by Teagasc in association with Veterinary Ireland. The co-operation and significant contribution from the Department of Agriculture and Food, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and the Irish Medicines Board are especially acknowledged. The Environmental Protection Agency provided valuable comment in relation to specific environmental issues. The Animal and Plant Health Association are thanked for their overall review and comments. Tony Pettit, Teagasc Food Assurance Specialist, Kildalton

01 January 2003
Type
Leaflet
24 Pages
1,190KB
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An Analysis of Farm Structures & Incomes

There has been much discussion on farm incomes in recent months. The debate on farm incomes, their levels and how they should be measured has revealed a considerable amount of uncertainty and confusion. This presentation outlines the current structure of Irish farms and attempts to clarify how farm incomes are measured and more importantly show the wide variation that exists within the overall "average" national farm income figure. The input of off-farm income to farm household income is also examined. The principal sources of data used are the Teagasc National Farm Survey and CSO agricultural income data.

01 January 2003
Type
Event Proceeding
0 Pages
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Statement of Strategy 2003-2005

To provide an independent and authoritative research knowledge base, technology transfer and training services for the sustainable development of agriculture and the food processing industry to enable it to respond profitably to consumer demands and requirements and contribute to a vibrant rural economy and society.

01 January 2003
Type
Factsheet
40 Pages
203KB
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Pig Conference 2003

Pig Farmers’ Conferences 2003

01 January 2003
Type
Event Proceeding
0 Pages
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Master Farmers & Horticultural Hosts Conference 2003

To provide an independent and authoritative research knowledge base, technology transfer and training services for the sustainable development of agriculture and the food processing industry to enable it to respond profitably to consumer demands and requirements and contribute to a vibrant rural economy and society.

01 January 2003
Type
Event Proceeding
40 Pages