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NAMI Discusses Salmonella and Antibiotic Resistance with New York Times.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

(North American Meat Institute)

Meat Institute experts spoke at length with New York Times reporter Matt Richtel for an upcoming story about antibiotic resistant bacteria, which is expected to publish within the next week. The story is part of a series called "Deadly Germs, Lost Cures," and includes data and information from 11,000 Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) documents acquired through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Meat Institute staff explained FSIS procedures for identifying pathogens in meat plants, what is done to remediate them and the regulatory process in general. The discussion also went into great detail about the nature of Salmonella and the advancements in detection capabilities, which make it seem like Salmonella is more prevalent than it appeared to in the past. Rithcel and colleagues have also spoken to the National Pork Producers Council, FSIS and reached out to several member companies. More details are available in a memo sent to the Communications and Marketing Committee. For more information on the story's development, contact Sarah Little.

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