USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) reports that since 2002, 14 states have enacted laws governing their animal agricultural industries’ pre-slaughter production practices. These restrictions to boost the welfare of farm animals may also be causing or at least contributing to current shortages and price increases.

ERS found the policies have

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A low sampling frequency and Salmonella detection rate by food companies in Greece means contribution to a national control program is “practically ineffective,” according to DG Sante.

The unit responsible for the European Commission’s policies on health and food safety led an audit in Greece last year to evaluate Salmonella
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An audit in the Czech Republic has found a significantly lower Salmonella detection rate in food company tests compared with official sampling of laying hens and broilers. Test results from authorities for 2018 show their detection rate was 15 times higher for laying hens than the companies’ results.

DG Sante,
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Setting stricter targets for Salmonella in laying hens at the farm level could cut the number of salmonellosis cases from that source in half, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

European Union countries are required to reduce the proportion of laying flocks infected with certain types of Salmonella
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