USDA plans to hold a virtual meeting on November 3 to consider public comments on the recently announced regulatory framework for Salmonella in poultry products.

“[FSIS] is considering a regulatory framework for a new strategy to control Salmonella in raw poultry products and more effectively reduce food borne Salmonella infections linked to these products,” USDA said in a press release. “This framework identifies the key elements that the Agency is currently considering as part of a new regulatory strategy. FSIS is soliciting feedback from stakeholders, both at a public meeting and in written comments submitted to the meeting docket in the Federal Register, on all of the elements of the framework before moving forward with any proposed changes to regulations or other actions.”

The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. Pre-registration is mandatory for all meeting participants. Attendees who wish to speak must register by October 24 and those that do not wish to speak can register up until the meeting begins.

More information on the meeting can be found here.

USDA last week announced a new regulatory framework in an effort it says will reduce Salmonella illnesses associated with poultry products. Specifically, FSIS said it would be proposing three components, including:

  • Requiring incoming flocks be tested for Salmonella before entering an establishment;
  • Enhancing establishment process control monitoring and FSIS verification;
  • Implementing an enforceable final product standard, while considering whether Salmonella at certain levels and/or types of Salmonella should be considered as an adulterant.

NCC’s statement on the new regulatory framework can be found here.