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19 Oct 2022

New strategy to control Salmonella by the USDA

The Food Safety and Inspection Service proposed a new strategy that allows to control Salmonella in different poultry...

New strategy to control Salmonella by the USDA

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed a new strategy that allows to control of Salmonella in different poultry products and reduces this foodborne disease.

This framework has been under the direction and discussion of people involved in the industry, including stakeholders, researchers, and scientists. The FSIS is looking for relevant scientific information about that topic.

The document is called: Proposed regulatory framework to reduce salmonella illnesses attributable to poultry. It has three components that will Support a comprehensive approach to controlling salmonella in poultry. The components are:

  • Component 1: Requiring incoming flocks be tested for Salmonella before entering an establishment. Here the producers are obligated to identify Salmonella during the birds' receiving and incoming flocks as well as to demonstrate a reduction of Salmonella during the rear of the birds and guaranteed to meet the product standard at the end.

"The goal of this component is to incentivize the use of preharvest interventions that reduce the level of incoming Salmonella contamination or mitigate the risk of a particular serotype entering the establishment."

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"FSIS may modify the existing requirements for indicator organism testing for process control and establish additional parameters to better define the required analysis of the data."

"FSIS regulations should prevent products with high [register] levels of contamination and/or specific serotypes from entering commerce. This goal would be accomplished by declaring Salmonella an adulterant."

FSIS hopes that this kind of strategy helps reduce the Salmonella disease associated with poultry products and be close to having healthy people by 2030.

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Source: The Food Safety and Inspection Service 

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