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FSIS Posts Third Quarter Salmonella, Campylobacter Report

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) posted the third quarterly progress report of calendar year 2014 on Salmonella and Campylobacter testing of selected raw meat and poultry products. The report provides preliminary data from July through September 2014 on all establishments eligible for Salmonella testing, revealing that of all establishments in all product classes, 88.2 percent are in Category 1, which illustrates an increase from the second quarter of 2014. Category 3 rates have not increased during this period. The report also includes Salmonella and Campylobacter data tables related to the FSIS Comminuted Poultry Not-Ready-To-Eat (NRTE) Sampling Project. In the third quarter of 2014, raw ground beef sets ended, except for Category 3 establishments, and testing for Salmonella was added to the random sampling programs for various raw beef product. FSIS also initiated testing for Salmonella in imported raw ground beef.

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