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CSPI Refiles Petition to Make Certain Salmonella Strains Adulterants

Monday, October 6, 2014

(American Meat Institute)

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has refiled a petition asking the USDA to declare four antibiotic-resistant strains of Salmonella to be adulterants in meat and poultry products. CSPI's contends in the petition that antibiotic-resistant strains of Salmonella Heidelberg, Salmonella Hadar, Salmonella Newport, and Salmonella Typhimurium on meat and poultry were linked to at least 2,358 illnesses, 424 hospitalizations, and eight deaths.

In July, USDA denied a 2011 CSPI petition asking the agency to declare antibiotic-resistant Salmonella strains that caused illnesses as adulterants in ground meat and poultry. The new petition is broader and seeks to expand the scope of adulteration policy to cover all meat and poultry products, not just ground products.

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