Far too many Americans are sickened by Salmonella every year.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service earlier this week released a ten-point action plan to address Salmonella, which USDA estimates causes 1.3 million illnesses annually.
“Far too many Americans are sickened by Salmonella every year. The aggressive and comprehensive steps detailed in the Salmonella Action Plan will protect consumers by making meat and poultry products safer.” said Under Secretary for Food Safety Elisabeth Hagen.
The plan will function as the agency’s strategy to address the threat of the pathogen in meat and poultry products, and FSIS identifies modernizing the “outdated” poultry slaughter inspection system as a top priority. According to FSIS, by focusing on inspectors’ food safety duties, approximately 5,000 illnesses could be prevented each year. In addition to modernizing poultry slaughter inspection protocols, FSIS committed to enhancing Salmonella sampling and testing programs to ensure “that these programs factor in the latest scientific information and account for emerging trends in foodborne illness.”