USDA proposes sweeping poultry changes to combat salmonella infections
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The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on Friday proposed sweeping changes for how poultry should be processed in order to reduce the multitude of salmonella infections linked to these products.
The new proposed framework, which officials say has "been shaped by months of information-gathering and discussions with a wide range of stakeholders, researchers, and scientists" could mean that meat companies will have to make extensive changes to their operations.
The FSIS, a public health agency in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), works to ensure that meat, poultry, and egg products are safe and properly labeled. However, despite years of trying to reduce salmonella contamination in poultry products, the agency says its current approach "has not led to a demonstrable reduction" in infections.
USDA PROPOSES NEW REGULATIONS TO GET RID OF SALMONELLA IN CHICKEN
More than one million people in the U.S. are sickened each year and over 23% of those illnesses are attributable to chicken and turkey consumption, according to a recent report from the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration.
As part of its plan to address this issue, the agency proposed testing incoming flocks of chickens and turkeys for the bacterial disease that commonly affects the intestinal tract and affects 1.3 million people annually with symptoms that may include diarrhea, nausea and vomiting which could last for several days.