US Poultry sector approves grant for alternative approaches to regulating salmonella

Changes to Salmonella controls require appropriate risk assessments
calendar icon 13 May 2022
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The US Poultry & Egg Association approved approximately $119,000 in funding for a new research grant for a risk assessment comparing alternative approaches to regulating Salmonella in poultry through the Board Research Initiative program. The topic and request for proposal were selected by the board of directors, the association said in a press release.

There is a push to change the approaches used to minimize Salmonella transmission to humans from raw poultry, including the likely introduction of new regulatory policies and a push for enhanced interventions, including on the live bird level. Rational changes to Salmonella controls require appropriate risk assessments using current, representative industry data and input. This project meets this need with a formal risk assessment for Salmonella in raw poultry that will assess the impact on public heath of different interventions and possible standards, with strong involvement of the US poultry industry through an industry advisory council.

This research may provide the scientific foundation for selecting the most effective interventions for reducing the public heath impact of Salmonella.

“This particular project is extremely important," said US Poultry vice president of research Denise Heard. "Being able to have direct industry involvement whilst obtaining this information will ensure that appropriate data are used to develop future approaches for Salmonella control and Salmonella regulatory modifications."

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