What is it about?

In 2015, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) asked for advice from the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods. FSIS requested advice on control of Salmonella in poultry, and NACMCF provided a well-researched and highly-detailed answer, which is reported in this document. The Committee's recommendations include development of practical tests for counting Salmonella in food, and identifying the specific strains of Salmonella that pose the highest risk for human illness.

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Why is it important?

NACMCF articulated recommendations to the Agency that focus on risk-based approaches for more effective Salmonella control and on research, on vaccine development, rapid point-of decision diagnostic assays, and means to reduce transmission in the live bird, and cross-contamination during the slaughter process. Industry stakeholders and the scientific community may expect continued investment by FSIS in these topics.

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FSIS is especially interested in improving available technology for rapid enumeration of Salmonella. Existing methods are either slow and laborious (MPN) or lack validation because of inadequate precision (PCR).

J Mark Carter
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

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This page is a summary of: Response to Questions Posed by the Food Safety and Inspection Service Regarding Salmonella Control Strategies in Poultry, Journal of Food Protection, March 2019, International Association for Food Protection, DOI: 10.4315/0362-028x.jfp-18-500.
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