New study finds no association between higher line speeds and Salmonella-positive carcasses

The US National Chicken Council is highlighting a new study that finds no association between higher poultry processing line speeds and increased Salmonella outbreaks.
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The research concluded that the presence of Salmonella or other indicators of process control, such as non-compliance records for regulations associated with process control and food safety, are not significantly increased in establishments with higher line speeds (eg, above 140 birds per minute) compared to establishments with lower line speeds when establishments are operating under the conditions present in this study.

“This study confirms what we have known for a long time,” said Ashley Peterson, PhD, NCC senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs. “Food safety outcomes are not determined by the speed of the evisceration line. They are determined by adhering to HAACP plans that are science-based and data-driven, utilising robust and proven intervention strategies, ongoing microbial testing and monitoring, maintaining and demonstrating process control, and ultimately, federal inspection. The data show this approach is working.”

According to USDA’s most recent posting of categories for large broiler establishments, almost 95 percent of the industry is meeting the FSIS performance standard for Salmonella on whole broiler carcasses. Similarly, almost 94 percent of large broiler establishments are meeting the FSIS performance standard for Salmonella on chicken parts.

The full study is available here.

The research concluded that the presence of Salmonella or other indicators of process control, such as non-compliance records for regulations associated with process control and food safety, are not significantly increased in establishments with higher line speeds (eg, above 140 birds per minute) compared to establishments with lower line speeds when establishments are operating under the conditions present in this study.

“This study confirms what we have known for a long time,” said Ashley Peterson, PhD, NCC senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs. “Food safety outcomes are not determined by the speed of the evisceration line. They are determined by adhering to HAACP plans that are science-based and data-driven, utilising robust and proven intervention strategies, ongoing microbial testing and monitoring, maintaining and demonstrating process control, and ultimately, federal inspection. The data show this approach is working.”

According to USDA’s most recent posting of categories for large broiler establishments, almost 95 percent of the industry is meeting the FSIS performance standard for Salmonella on whole broiler carcasses. Similarly, almost 94 percent of large broiler establishments are meeting the FSIS performance standard for Salmonella on chicken parts.

The full study is available here.

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