As part of a federal goal to achieve a 25% reduction in Salmonella illnesses related to meat and poultry products by 2020, USDA’s FSIS has revised and published guidelines for poultry processors. The document, “FSIS Compliance Guideline for Controlling Salmonella and Campylobacter in Raw Poultry”, intends to provide best practices based on scientific and practical considerations for minimizing pathogen levels and meeting FSIS food safety requirements.
The guidance recommends preventive measures that poultry companies can make in the following areas:
- Pre-harvest (on the farm)
- Sanitary dressing procedures
- Further processing practices
- Antimicrobial interventions
- Management practices
FSIS is also seeking comment on the fourth edition of the updated document.
There has been little change in the number of confirmed Salmonella cases, which sicken more than 1 million people annually in the United States. The guidance is part of FSIS’ Salmonella Action Plan, which was announced in December 2013.