Wal-Mart Pushing poultry processors to improve safety

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Photo: Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is implementing new food safety measures designed to improve the safety of the chicken and turkey products it sells.
The four-point plan announced 18 December reaches throughout the supply chain and is designed to add layers of safety to the retailer's current food safety efforts.

Part one of the new plan focuses on breeding stock, Frank Yiannis, vice-president of food safety, said. Point two focuses on bio-control measures at the growing level. At the processing level, Wal-Mart is asking its suppliers to validate food safety interventions they have in place and that primary processing for the whole bird achieves, at a minimum, cumulative 4-log (99.99%) reduction of Salmonella on the whole carcass. Point four of the retailer's plan focuses on such chicken parts as breasts, wings, drums and thighs.

Wal-Mart's improved food safety effort began this past February, during a meeting that involved domestic and international industry representatives as well as officials from the U.S.D.A. and the C.D.C.