As we learned in our viruses vs. bacteria video, bacteria are opportunistic. They can exist in your farm without you knowing—until they become a huge problem when an opportunity presents itself. How can you, as a poultry farmer, prevent major bacterial issues from occurring? One way is cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting in your control room.
Food Safety Begins With Your Farm
You may not think of it all the time, but farming is where food safety begins. One of the main threats to food safety on a poultry farm is the control room. It's the main access point from the outside world to the birds, which makes it an important area in terms of preventing bacterial outbreak.
In this video's example, chicks got into the control room and left droppings all over the control room floor. This is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria! If this control room floor were not properly sanitized and disinfected, that bacteria could easily be tracked back into the house and cause disease in the flock.
Sanitizing vs. Disinfecting
Sanitizing includes killing 99% of fungus and bacteria, while disinfecting is killing 99.999% of bacteria and viruses. This difference is important to poultry house biosecurity, as the bacteria and viruses that survive sanitization can be what cause a serious disease outbreak in your house. Make sure you check product labels to see if they disinfect or just sanitize.
For high-touch areas, especially in your control room, it's best to have a highly evaporative disinfectant spray. We recommend Alpet D2 Surface Sanitizer Spray by Best Sanitizers. It's made for food production facilities and has been proven to kill 99.999% of 8 main tested pathogens as a food contact surface sanitizer. Powered by quaternary ammonia and isopropyl alcohol, it dries and kills quickly, making it ideal for a control room, where people are entering and exiting frequently.
Quicker and More Effective Boot Sanitization
Specifically for poultry farm control rooms, we think Alpet D2 spray works perfectly as a boot sanitizer. It's easy to apply and more effective than a foot bath.
Foot baths are only effective when you change them out daily and test them regularly, which is a chore that we'd bet no farmer really has the time to do.
Instead, you can just spray your boots whenever you enter your control room to ensure they're disinfected effectively every time. Just keep one in every control room. All you have to do is coat your boots in spray and give them 10 seconds to dry. Boom—you're disinfected and ready to safely enter your house!
If someone on your farm happens to be allergic to quat, Best Sanitizers makes the same sanitizing formula with the same effectiveness but no quat. It achieves the same results by using more isopropyl alcohol.
The mechanical moving of debris on your control room floor is cleaning, but the floor needs to be sanitized too. We recommend control room sanitization once per week.
Why? All bacteria need to thrive is a food source and moisture. If you're just mopping your floor, you have moisture, and next door in the poultry house, you have plenty of food. Your control room could thus easily become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria if not disinfected regularly.
All the debris you clean up from a floor goes to the floor drain. You may not realize it, but right beneath the floor drain is a great place for bacteria to form. This is actually the #1 spot where food facilities get docked points on their health inspections. Sanitizing floor drains in addition to the floors themselves is essential to truly ensuring biosecurity in your control room.
For wet sanitation in control rooms, we recommend peracetic acid (PAA). PAA provides a mechanical kill, so nothing can become immune to it. Unlike quaternary ammonia and other sanitizing chemicals, bacteria and fungi cannot build resistance to PAA.
PAA can be hard to come by, but it's quite cost-effective. PAA can disinfect at a concentration of as little as 100 parts per million. Best Sanitizers also manufactures PAA.
If you have questions on cleaning, sanitizing or disinfecting in your control room or other areas of your poultry house, don't hesitate to reach out to us at 800-608-3755 or email us at Success@SouthlandOrganics.com.
To order Best Sanitizers products in bulk, you can reach out to Rex@SouthlandSanitize.com.
As always, for any questions about our resources or products, you can reach out to Allen Reynolds at Allen@SouthlandOrganics.com.