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USDA Calls Salmonella an Adulterant

On August 1, the USDA’s FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service) announced salmonella will be classified as an adulterant in certain types of breaded chicken and stuffed raw chicken products. The announcement is a shift in longstanding policy and marks the start of a broad agency effort to curtail sickness from salmonella which currently sickens 1.3 million Americans each year. The proposed new rules would declare salmonella an adulterant and force food processors to reduce the amount of salmonella bacteria found in chicken products or risk shutting down. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that one in every 25 packages of chicken sold at grocery stores contains salmonella.

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Posted on 17 August 2022