Oral lavage with polyethylene glycol reduces microbial colonization in the gastrointestinal tract of broilers

A. Farhat, C. W. Maddox, M. E. Edwards, M. H. Costell, J. A. Hadley, R. Vasilatos-Younken
2002 Poultry Science  
Oral lavage of 7-wk-old broiler chickens with polyethylene glycol (PEG) was conducted to induce rapid evacuation of the gastro-intestinal tract (GIT) before processing. Three groups of birds were fed ad libitum (FF), subjected to feed withdrawal 12 h before processing (FW), or received 115 mL of PEG by oral lavage 3 h before processing (PEG L ). The crop, a section of small intestine, and the right cecum were aseptically collected for determination of contents and Gram-negative bacilli (GNB)
more » ... nts. The PEG L effectively cleansed the upper GIT and (Key words: polyethylene glycol, gastro-intestinal tract emptying, feed withdrawal, bacterial count) 2002 Poultry Science 81:585-589 Abbreviation Key: a w = water activity; FF = fed ad libitum; FSIS = Food Safety and Inspection Service; FW = feed withdrawn 12 h; GIT = gastro-intestinal tract; GNB = Gram-negative bacilli; PEG = polyethylene glycol; PEG L = PEG lavage.
doi:10.1093/ps/81.4.585 pmid:11989760 fatcat:islusr7qcjc2lpmzdj4uf25vvq