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Development of reduction measures across all stages for antimicrobial-resistant pathogens in fattening poultry (EsRAM)


This third-party funded project is conducted in the framework of the BfR research programme on exposure estimation and assessment of biological risks.

BMEL support programme: Promotion of innovation

BLE grant number: 2817701614

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Project description:

In poultry meat, the detection rates for antimicrobial-resistant pathogens are significantly higher than in beef and pork. As part of the joint project “Development of reduction measures across all stages for antimicrobial-resistant pathogens in fattening poultry” (EsRAM), 10 project partners from the scientific community and the poultry industry are therefore concerned with the development of practice-based solution approaches in this area.

BfR parts of the project:

Within the joint project, the BfR focuses on two research areas:

On the one hand, BfR scientists analyse current procedures of slaughtering, cutting and final processing of poultry. They thereby want to gain more precise knowledge of how pathogens are transferred from one production stage to the next and at what stages new pathogens are introduced. The aim is to develop a catalogue of measures with possible concrete actions to minimise the spread of bacteria in poultry meat production. Among other things, the focus here is on the development of technical procedures for slaughtering, cutting and processing of poultry, cleaning and disinfection systems as well as bacteria-reducing production and packaging processes.

As part of the second research project, the BfR develops electronic, data-based documentation and assessment systems for poultry producers, poultry abattoirs and processing plants. The aim is for these systems to assist poultry producers in generating individualised action plans to reduce the use of antibiotics and the spread of resistance within their plant. The basic objective is to estimate the effectiveness of individual measures in reducing the spread of bacteria within the working processes in abattoirs and processing plants.

In its work for the EsRAM project, the BfR can build on earlier research projects, for example RESET and SILEBAT.

Project partners:

  • Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (coordination)
  • German Poultry Association, Germany
  • EW Nutritio, Germany
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Research , Germany
  • University of Giessen, Germany
  • Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy, Germany
  • Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Germany
  • Leipzig University, Germany


Press releases

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Research at the BfR: Project to reduce antimicrobial- resistant pathogens in fattening poultry launched research , research projects


External Links

RESET Verbund
SiLeBAT – Versorgungssicherheit der Bevölkerung


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