Poultry processing plants that do not meet Salmonella control performance standards will have to conduct new follow-up sampling procedures beginning early next year, according to a notice from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-raw-chickens-supermarket-image33900426In a Dec. 16 notice, FSIS announced the new follow-up protocol for testing, referred to as sampling by the government, will take effect Jan. 13, 2017. The current performance standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter in not-ready-to-eat comminuted chicken and turkey products, including raw chicken parts, have been in effect since Feb. 11, this year.

The current allowable percentage positive rate for carcasses is 9.8
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Standards to prevent 50,000 illnesses through reductions in Salmonella and Campylobacter set by USDA last week might just work. If they do, Americans who yesterday are said to have dined on 1.3 billion chicken wings during Super Bowl 50, are likely to take notice. wings with ranch And one year from now, it’s also likely Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will be leaving office as the longest serving USDA boss in 50 years. His food safety record will include taking E. coli in beef contamination from a threat to an irritant. If his changes in poultry inspection and standards are added to that,
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