New standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new performance standards aimed at reducing the prevalence of Salmonella and Campylobacter in young chickens (broilers) and turkeys, as well as a compliance guide on known practices for pre-harvest management to reduce E. coli O157:H7 contamination in cattle.

According to USDA, the performance standards a plant must achieve are based on the percentage of samples testing positive for a given pathogen. The standards were developed using new baseline studies that measure the prevalence of Salmonella and Campylobacter in broiler and turkey carcasses.

In addition to the new proposed standards, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released a compliance guide on known practices for pre-harvest management to reduce E. coli O157:H7 contamination in cattle, as well as the third edition of a compliance guide for poultry slaughter, including recommendations for controlling Salmonella and Campylobacter.

Both compliance guides may be viewed on FSIS's website here.
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