Consumer group faults top poultry processors on Salmonella
Some of the largest poultry processing operations in the US fail
federal Salmonella standards, according to recent 'name and shame' information
provided by a consumer advocacy group.
Food & Water Watch
yesterday claimed that this information
proves that the US
Department of Agriculture
(USDA) is not working hard enough to reduce
Salmonella at poultry plants. They called for increased testing and tougher
legislation to reduce Salmonella.
The processors named included Tyson
Foods, Pilgrim's Pride, Goldkist, Perdue Farms, Wayne Farms, and Foster
The advocacy group obtained the names of the plants, which are
not usually publicly released, through the US Freedom of Information
The testing results are from the USDA's routine sampling
programme for Salmonella. The report lists 106 broiler chicken plants in 27
states and Puerto Rico that failed at least one Salmonella test over a seven
The consumer group is calling on the USDA to formally
ask federal lawmakers to pass legislation making microbial testing performance
standards enforceable. The legislation would also require the agency to publish
the results of Salmonella testing for every plant on its Internet site.
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