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The twelfth CRL-Salmonella workshop, 7 and 8 May 2007, Bilthoven, the Netherlands

De twaalfde CRL-Salmonella workshop, 7 en 8 mei 2007, Bilthoven, Nederland


The Community Reference Laboratory (CRL) for Salmonella organised a successful meeting in Bilthoven, the Netherlands on 7 and 8 May 2007 for the National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) for Salmonella of all Member States of the European Union. This was the twelfth year that the workshop was organised. Each NRL was represented by, at least, one participant, resulting in a total attendance of 47 people, including several guest speakers. The most important aim of the workshop was to bring the NRLs up to date on the activities of the CRL-Salmonella. Presentations by CRL-Salmonella staff members focused therefore on the results of the interlaboratory comparison studies (ring trials), in which the NRLs-Salmonella had participated. Plans for the coming year were also presented. Besides the activities of the CRL, other subjects included, zoonoses in Europe, the WHO Global Salm-Surv programme, Salmonella Dublin in cattle, Salmonella Typhimurium in cheese, the importance of environmental monitoring during outbreak investigations and the use of serological methods for the detection of Salmonella in pigs and poultry. Participating for the first time with short presentations on the activities of their institutes were NRL delegates from the two new European Member States, Romania and Bulgaria, and the NRL from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

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