RCMS Research Chair in Meat Safety

Alexandre Quessy

Distribution and contamination sources of Campylobacter among poultry products in Quebec slaugtherhouses

Campylobacter is a zoonotic bacterium and the main cause of foodborne gastroenteritis worldwide. The infection can be serious and turn into Guillain-Barré syndrome. Because Campylobacteriosis are frequently associated with the consumption of poultry products, the main objective of my master’s degree is a better understanding of this microorganism behaviors in Quebec poultry slaughterhouses. To do so, a quantification of Campylobacter at each stage of the poultry slaughter process will be realized. It will be possible to identify key points of control among the slaughter process to reduce the spreading of the bacteria and Campylobacter related foodborne infections. A genetic analysis of bacterial strains found in slaughterhouses will also contribute to this goal.

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Masters in veterinary science, animal health and food safety option

Supervisor: Philippe Fravalo

Co-supervisors: Alexandre Thibodeau et Marie-Lou Gaucher

Academic Background : Bachelor's degree in kinesiology


2017 : Bourse Lucie Besner pour la recherche sur les zoonoses
2017 : Bourse St-Hyacinthe Technopole
2017 : Bourse du Conseil de recherche en sciences naturelles et génie (CRSNG)
2016 : Bourse d’excellence d’admission à la maîtrise, Faculté de médecine vétérinaire

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