Salmonella is a zoonosis (an infectious disease in animals that
can be transmitted to people), and is one of the most common causes
of food borne disease in humans, with outbreaks originating from
poultry, cattle stock
and swine units. The simulation game Salmonella simulates the
spreading of Salmonella through the complete swine production chain
(from pig feed to pork).
Nowadays, food safety is an important political issue. Demands for
safer food and safer food production have been issued by consumers,
national governments and the European Union.
The student plays the role of a government adviser. Due to new
regulations, the contamination of pork should be reduced to a given
criterion. In all links of the production chain, measures may be
taken. However, some measures
are more effective than others. Furthermore, the effect of measures
may be interlinked. An effective, sensible, combination of measures
is required. The task of the adviser is to evaluate the effect of
the measures, to find the most suitable scenario, and to discuss
this with his teacher and/or competitive groups of students.
The program is used in combination with an extensive collection of
information about topics like, zoonoses, Salmonella and the effect
of control measures, stored in a separate learning contents