Infectious Diseases 2022

Infectious Diseases 2022

FSIS: denies petition seeking to declare 31 salmonella strains as meat adulterants

4 June, 2022

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has denied a petition Marler Clark LLC filed in January 2020 asking the agency to declare 31 serotypes of salmonella as adulterants in meat and poultry products subject to the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Poultry Products Inspection Act just, as it has done for certain strains of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) in certain beef products.
Rachel Edelstein, assistant administrator of FSIS’s Office of Policy and Program Development, informed the Seattle-based law firm that: "FSIS does not believe that there is sufficient data available at this time to support the sweeping actions requested in your petition. While the agency is denying your petition without prejudice, we are in the process, as announced in October 2021, of reevaluating our approach to controlling Salmonella in poultry. As part of this reevaluation, we are considering many of the points and arguments made in your petition."

 

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