USDA urged to take action to reduce Salmonella in poultry

The Pew Charitable Trusts submitted multiple actions that the USDA and FSIS could take to reduce instances of Salmonella contamination in poultry.
calendar icon 21 October 2020
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Sandra Eskin, leader of Pew's food safety project elaborated:

"FSIS’s Salmonella Roadmap is missing an important opportunity to articulate a bold, visionary approach to achieve more effective Salmonella control in US food animal production. Most of its content uncritically assesses the comparatively ineffective approaches undertaken to date by the agency. Its few, suggested new paths may prove fruitful but lack concrete milestones and timelines for accomplishing them."

Steps that FSIS could take that might address problems of Salmonella contamination include

  • Examining and considering semi-quantitative methods for Salmonella enumeration to inform future risk assessments
  • Explore other innovative approaches to setting performance standards by targeting specific serotypes of public health importance and by focusing on virulence.
  • Incentivising pre-harvest interventions. There are a number of actions it could take.
  • Update and finalise its 2015 Draft Compliance Guideline for Controlling Salmonella and Campylobacter in Raw Poultry, which includes helpful guidance on effective pre-harvest interventions.
  • Explore amending its HACCP regulations to add a programme that was included by the Food and Drug Administration in its regulations establishing preventive controls for processed food.

Click here to see additional recommendations from Pew.

Sandra Eskin, leader of Pew's food safety project elaborated:

"FSIS’s Salmonella Roadmap is missing an important opportunity to articulate a bold, visionary approach to achieve more effective Salmonella control in US food animal production. Most of its content uncritically assesses the comparatively ineffective approaches undertaken to date by the agency. Its few, suggested new paths may prove fruitful but lack concrete milestones and timelines for accomplishing them."

Steps that FSIS could take that might address problems of Salmonella contamination include

  • Examining and considering semi-quantitative methods for Salmonella enumeration to inform future risk assessments
  • Explore other innovative approaches to setting performance standards by targeting specific serotypes of public health importance and by focusing on virulence.
  • Incentivising pre-harvest interventions. There are a number of actions it could take.
  • Update and finalise its 2015 Draft Compliance Guideline for Controlling Salmonella and Campylobacter in Raw Poultry, which includes helpful guidance on effective pre-harvest interventions.
  • Explore amending its HACCP regulations to add a programme that was included by the Food and Drug Administration in its regulations establishing preventive controls for processed food.

Click here to see additional recommendations from Pew.

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