TORONTO — Two sessions at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) conference dealt with the complexities of Listeria and performance standards.

Sanjay Gummalla, from the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), said the premise that a single cell of Listeria monocytogenes can cause disease does not have scientific basis.


Continue Reading IAFP talks focus on Listeria risk and performance standards

A performance standard is a metric that USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service uses to evaluate the potential presence of pathogens on FSIS-regulated products, including meat and poultry. The Salmonella performance standards apply to an establishment’s overall process control, not to individual products.

Source: Federal Register
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Not all Salmonella are alike. Camplyobacter likely similar.

Preharvest economic incentives haven’t eliminated STEC but imagine what the data would be like if there were none. Leafy greens anyone? Scandinavia has accomplished a lot and could do more if tourists would stay home.

Ideally, the best place to eliminate
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that its new pathogen performance standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground poultry and chicken parts will prevent about 50,000 illnesses each year. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) proposed changes to the Salmonella and Campylobacter Verification Testing Program create brand-new standards for
Continue Reading FSIS Releases New Salmonella, Campylobacter Performance Standards for Poultry

A top official with USDA’s Food Safety and inspection Service (FSIS) told a meat industry conference that ended Sunday in Charleston, SC, to expect new performance standards for Salmonella. Rachel Edelstein, acting assistant administrator of the FSIS Office of Policy and Program Development, told the North American Meat Association meeting
Continue Reading New FSIS Salmonella Performance Standards for Beef and Poultry Expected

U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors should not interfere with poultry industry efforts to collect chicken samples from processing facilities for a program intended to set pathogen reduction goals, according to an internal email from an administrator within the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The email, which was sent
Continue Reading USDA Email Reveals Poultry Industry Plans to Monitor Pathogens