Preventing introduction and spread of Dermanyssus gallinae in poultry facilities using the HACCP method
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Preventing the establishment of ectoparasitic poultry red mite (Dermanyssus gallinae) populations is key in ensuring welfare and egg production of laying hens and absence of allergic reactions of workers in poultry facilities. Using the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point method, a panel of experts identified hazards and associated risks concerning the introduction and spread of this mite in poultry facilities. Together we provide an overview of possible corrective actions that can be taken to prevent population establishment. Additionally, a checklist of the most critical control points has been devised as management tool for poultry farmers. This list was evaluated by Dutch and British poultry farmers. They found the checklist feasible and useful.
KeywordsControl Corrective actions Monitoring Checklist Risks Farm processes
This research was funded by the Dutch Product Board for Poultry and Eggs and the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. We are grateful to T. Fiks-Van Niekerk, R. van Emous and B. Reuvekamp (Animal Sciences Group, Wageningen University) for their knowledgeable contribution to this research. We would like to thank all Dutch and British farmers that participated in the evaluation of the checklist. We also thank B. Bell (ADAS) for testing the checklist during her course for poultry farmers on D. gallinae.
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