WASHINGTON – The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the US Department of Agriculture is proposing a rule that would identify salmonella As an adulterant in breaded and stuffed raw chicken products.
The agency noted that since 1998 bread and stuffed raw chicken products have been linked to outbreaks of 14 foodborne illnesses and nearly 200 illnesses. FSIS said products in the category are frozen and include Chicken Cordon Bleu or Chicken Kyiv. The products appear cooked but are heat-treated only to set the batter or breading and contain raw poultry.
“Today’s announcement is a pivotal moment in American food security as we are declaring salmonella An adulterant in raw poultry products,” said USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Sandra Eskin. “This is just the beginning of our efforts to improve public health.”
It is proposed to set limits on a colony forming unit of FSIS salmonella Per gram for bread and stuffed raw chicken products, the agency believes that consuming the products will significantly reduce the risk of disease. The agency said it would also seek comment on whether a different standard for adulteration – such as zero tolerance or one based on a specific serotype – would be more appropriate.
The agency plans to present a proposed framework for its strategy to reduce salmonella Diseases in poultry during October and call a public meeting in November to discuss it. The notice is expected to be published in federal register During the time period where it can be reviewed and commented on.
Once the proposal is finalized, FSIS will provide implementation plans and the date for which it will start regular testing Isalmonellain products.