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FSIS Issues Notice on Salmonella and Campylobacter Analysis for Imported Raw Poultry Products

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a notice instructing import inspection personnel regarding the appropriate methods to collect imported raw chicken and turkey carcasses, not-ready-to-eat comminuted chicken and turkey products and raw chicken parts for Salmonella and Campylobacter analysis. FSIS will use further characterization such as serotyping and pulse field gel electrophoresis for surveillance of imported poultry products. Sample sizes vary, and will include one whole bird for chicken and turkey carcasses, four pounds for chicken parts and two pounds for ground and other comminuted or mechanically separated chicken and turkey. The sample results are non-regulatory, and are therefore not subject to test and hold requirements. If a sample tests positive for Salmonella or Campylobacter, the importer of record may choose to drawback an entire or partial lot from the U.S. The notice takes effect July 1, 2015.

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