As of today, the USDA considers Salmonella an adulterant in raw, breaded, stuffed chicken products, making it illegal to sell them if they are contaminated with the pathogen.

The decision has been almost two years in the making. In August 2022 the deputy undersecretary for food safety for the USDA’s

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A federal court has enjoined a California company to stop manufacturing and distributing adulterated food products that violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).

In a civil complaint filed on Oct. 11, 2022, the United States alleged that Cali Rice Valley Inc., along with its general manager and

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The not ready-to-eat breaded, stuffed chicken products that are the target of new USDA regulations to declare Salmonella as an adulterant have often been the source of Salmonella outbreaks.

According to a new study, from 1998–2022, 11 Salmonella outbreaks linked to these products were reported; 57 percent of samples per

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The chicken industry, represented by the Washington D.C.-based National Chicken Council, is letting the world know it has “grave concerns” about USDA’s plans to declare Salmonella an adulterant in frozen, raw, breaded stuffed poultry products.

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service on April 25 said it plans to declare Salmonella

Continue Reading The chicken industry has ‘grave concerns’ about the new USDA Salmonella regulation

USDA today took another step to make the products it regulates safer by banning some poultry products from being contaminated with a pathogen that causes foodborne illness in people. Since May 2022, it’s been known that the Biden Administration was going to come out with a new Salmonella in

Continue Reading USDA proposes declaring Salmonella an adulterant In breaded, stuffed raw chicken

If Salmonella is deemed an adulterant – at least those that sicken and kill us – the sky will not fall – history as a guide.

On Jan. 19, 2020, we filed a petition with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), on behalf of Rick Schiller, Steven Romes, the
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In an article that will soon be published in the Seattle Law Review, I take a look at food safety through the lens of the “pink slime” controversy and question whether the lack of real transparency that characterizes food safety regulation, especially with regard to meat and poultry, is
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Remember this as you prepare Thanksgiving for your family and as you read this post – it is Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Mission Statement: Protecting the public’s health by ensuring the safety of meat, poultry, and processed egg products.

USDA/FSIS has the authority to deem Salmonella and other

Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: Let’s talk Turkey about Salmonella being an Adulterant

By warning you not to wash chicken (or other poultry), FSIS correctly recognizes the risk of cross-contamination in your kitchen and the risk that it poses to you and your family – especially children and the elderly.  But, why does it continue to allow companies to knowingly sell us Salmonella-tainted
Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: FSIS knows your chicken is tainted, says it’s OK to sell, but tells you not to wash it