Identification of bird species that pose a risk to crop food safety

Researchers Pinpoint Which Bird Species Pose Food Safety Risk to Crops

BIOEPAR researcher Nora Navarro Gonzalez contributed to this study conducted by the University of California, Davis. Original version of the article by Emily Dooley.

Concerns over foodborne risk from birds may not be as severe as once thought by produce farmers, according to research from the University of California, Davis, that found low instances of E. coli and Salmonella prevalence.

While the research found that the risk is often low, it varies depending on species. Birds like starlings that flock in large numbers and forage on the ground near cattle are more likely to spread pathogenic bacteria to crops like lettuce, spinach and broccoli, according to the study of food safety risk and bird pathogens. In contrast, insect-eating species were less likely to carry pathogens.

The findings, published in the journal Ecological Applications, suggest that current practice of removing bird habitats around produce growers’ farms over concerns the animals could bring foodborne pathogens into their fields may not solve the problem.

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Modification date : 11 September 2023 | Publication date : 22 March 2022 | Redactor : Emily Dooley