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Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica

, 49:35

First Online: 04 December 2007Received: 26 October 2007Accepted: 04 December 2007


BackgroundCosts and benefits of two Salmonella control policies for broiler production were described and compared. The control options were the Zoonosis Directive 92-117-EC and the more intense strategy, the Finnish Salmonella Control Programme FSCP.

MethodsThe comparison included the Salmonella control costs in primary and secondary production and the direct and indirect losses due to Salmonella infections in humans in 2000.

ResultsThe total annual costs of the FSCP were calculated to be 990 400 EUR 0.02 €-kg broiler meat. The average control costs in the broiler production chain were seven times higher with the FSCP than with the Zoonosis Directive alone. However, the public health costs were 33 times higher with the Zoonosis Directive alone. The value of one prevented loss of life per year exceeded the annual control costs of the FSCP.

ConclusionDue to significant savings in public health costs compared to costs of FSCP, the FSCP was found to be economically feasible.

List of abbreviations usedBC= benefit-cost

CBA= cost-benefit analysis

FSCP= Finnish Salmonella Control Programme

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1751-0147-49-35 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Susanna Kangas - Tapani Lyytikäinen - Jukka Peltola - Jukka Ranta - Riitta Maijala


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