Foster Farms Continues to Reduce Salmonella in Chicken30 May 2014
US - Poultry meat company, Foster Farms, explains how it is continuing to reduce Salmonella levels in its products.
Foster Farms says it is committed to leadership in food safety and producing the safest chicken on the West Coast.
Since October 2013, Foster Farms has developed a multiple-hurdle approach to reduce or eliminate Salmonella at each stage of production – from screening breeder flocks before entering the Foster Farms system, to enhancing procedures on the farms where the birds are raised, to adding sanitation interventions in the plants where the chicken is processed as a whole bird and when it is cut into parts.
As a result, the company continues to make steady progress that has effectively reduced Salmonella at the parts level to less than 10 per cent – well below the 2011/2012 USDA-measured industry benchmark of 25 percent. With each set of sampling, Foster Farms has demonstrated a significant improvement in Salmonella control.
While a recent CDC update does include additional case patients, it is important to note that Salmonella incidence increases during the warmer months each year. For this reason, the poultry industry and food safety officials continue to remind consumers to follow proper food safety and handling guidelines.
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