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US toughens food safety regulation for poultry

From Global Meat News

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finalised new federal food safety regulations to reduce the risk of salmonella and campylobacter in chicken products.

In a bid to make chicken safer for American consumers, the USDA and the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) said the implementation of the safety standards would lead to an estimated 50,000 fewer illnesses a year.

FSIS said it would update its microbial testing schedule at poultry facilities and would soon begin posting results online about individual companies’ food safety performance.

An estimated 1.2 million foodborne illnesses are thought to be caused every year by salmonella, with approximately 360,000 of those illnesses linked to FSIS-regulated products, the USDA said.

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