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USDA strengthens salmonella standards for poultry

5 years ago May 10, 2010 May 10, 2010 Monday, May 10 2010 Monday, May 10, 2010 12:14:24 PM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

The Department of Agriculture is setting new standards for the levels of salmonella and another pathogen in young chickens and turkeys as part of an effort to strengthen food safety.

The new standards would hold poultry slaughterhouses more accountable by decreasing the number of samples allowed to test positive for the pathogens.

Salmonella is the most common cause of food poisoning in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Close behind is campylobacter. Both can sicken those who eat raw or
undercooked poultry or eggs.

USDA said the new standards could help prevent an estimated 39,000 illnesses due to campylobacter and 26,000 illnesses due to salmonella.

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