USDA sessions examine poultry food safety and antimicrobial resistance


The US Department of Agriculture has a few things on its constituent update related to food safety this week.

Two of the items relate to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service and one relates to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods. Two of the items relate to the control of Salmonella in poultry.

Today, the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) is hosting a subcommittee meeting from 2-5 p.m. EDT on “Improving Control of Salmonella in Poultry Products.”

The NACMCF plans to provide unbiased scientific advice and peer review to federal food safety agencies for use in developing an integrated approach to national food safety systems that ensures the safety of domestic, imported foods and exported.

To attend the virtual meeting, please contact the NACMCF Secretariat at [email protected] or John Jarosh, NACMCF Designated Federal Officer, by email at [email protected]

FSIS to Include Quantification of Salmonella in Raw Poultry Rinse Samples

In other news about controlling Salmonella in raw poultry, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that it has awarded a contract to bioMérieux to integrate its non-enrichment quantification system for Salmonella. The system is calledGENE-UP™ QUANT Salmonellaand will be added to the agency’s lab system.

The agency evaluated commercially available quantification systems and determined that this technology is the most suitable for use in FSIS’s high-throughput laboratory environment. A future constituents update will announce when the method will be available and when it will be implemented in the three FSIS food testing laboratories.

The quantification of Salmonella is an important step in FSIS efforts to reduce Salmonella Poultry Associated Diseases and modernize the diagnostic capabilities of FSIS food testing laboratories. With this new system, FSIS will be able to measure the amount of Salmonella present in a regulatory sample, not just its presence or absence.

FSIS plans to expand the pathogen quantification technology to sample types other than raw poultry rinses in the future. FSIS will continue to use Microbiology laboratory guide chapter 4.11 to isolate and identify Salmonella in raw poultry rinses.

FSIS to Participate in NARMS Public Meeting

Registration for the 2022 National Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (NARMS) Public Meeting, scheduled for September 21-22, is now open. The United States Food and Drug Administration is holding a public meeting.

At the meeting, officials plan to share the progress of NARMS since the adoption of the NARMS Strategic Plan: 2021-2025. Achievements since the last NARMS public meeting in 2020 and future plans will be highlighted. As a NARMS partner, FSIS will make presentations on the agency’s findings.

The virtual public meeting will be scheduled for September 21 from noon to 5 p.m. EDT; and September 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT. Additionally, there will be a demonstration of how to access NARMS data online on September 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT. Separate registration is required for each session.

To register for the NARMS Technical Workshop and/or Public Meeting, complete the requested information on the following sites:

To participate in the September 22 public consultation session from 3:40 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., please email Claudine Kabera ([email protected]) before September 14 and indicate the topic(s) you want to address. address.

A transcript of the meeting will be available within 30 days of the meeting. For more information, visit the FDA Public Meeting webpage


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