The USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service has
posted the criteria for the Salmonella Initiative Program.
The program, expected to begin in October, is designed to demonstrate
definite improvements in ongoing control for salmonella
in broiler and turkey slaughter operations in
volunteer establishments. Such establishments will have to submit a request to
participate in this Program and, if selected, will operate via a waiver to
existing regulations. FSIS will review requests to participate in the Program
beginning September 15, 2007.
In addition, the FSIS intends to continue this Program until either a final
regulation issues that incorporates the concepts of the Program into a public
health based poultry slaughter inspection system, or the Agency decides to
pursue a different approach to encouraging Salmonella control.
For criteria and additional information on the
program, click here