FSIS Says Salmonella in Poultry Down 34%

The prevalence of salmonella on raw young chicken carcasses in the U.S. has decreased more than 120% during the past five years

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) posted the second quarterly progress for 2013 on Salmonella testing of selected raw meat and poultry products, announcing that the prevalence on raw young chicken carcasses in the United States declined 34% over first quarter 2013 and represents a decrease of more than 120% during the past five years.

The FSIS's report, Quarterly Progress Reports on Salmonella and Campylobacter Testing of Selected Raw Meat and Poultry Products, was released October 25 contained testing information from April 1 through June 20, 2013. Though there is currently no performance standard for chicken parts, FSIS completed baseline testing in the Spring 2013 and is expected to publish a new standard for chicken parts in 2014.

"Overall, the results presented in this quarterly report indicate that we continue to make improvements in the incidence rate of Salmonella and Campylobacter on young chicken carcasses," said Ashley Peterson, National Chicken Council vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs. To read more, click HERE.