USDA sessions examine poultry food safety and antimicrobial resistance

The USDA has a few things in its foundational update on food safety this week.

Two of the components include the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service and the other includes the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Standards for Food. Two of these elements are relevant to the control of salmonella in poultry.

Today, the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Standards for Food (NACMCF) held a subcommittee meeting from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST on the topic “Strengthening the control of salmonella in poultry products.”

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

To attend the virtual meeting, please contact the NACMCF Secretariat at NACMCF@usda.gov or John Jarosh, NACMCF Designated Federal Administrator, by email at john.jarosh@usda.gov.

FSIS will include quantification of salmonella in raw poultry rinse samples

In other news about salmonella control in raw poultry, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that it has awarded a contract to bioMérieux to integrate its system for estimating the amount of unfertilized salmonella. The system is calledGENE-UP™ QUANT SalmonellaIt will be added to the proxy laboratory system.

The agency evaluated commercially available quantitative measurement systems and determined that this technology was most appropriate for use in a high-throughput FSIS laboratory environment. A future foundational update will announce when the method will be available and when it will be implemented in all three FSIS Food Testing Laboratories.

Estimating the amount of salmonella is an important step in FSIS efforts to reduce it salmonella Poultry comorbidities and updating the diagnostic capabilities of Food and Agriculture Administration 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 extend the pathogen quantification technology to samples from non-rinsed types of raw poultry in the future. FSIS will continue to use Chapter 4.11 of the Microbiology Laboratory Manual for the isolation and identification of Salmonella in rinses of raw poultry.

FSIS to participate in the NARMS public meeting

Registration is now open for the 2022 public meeting of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) scheduled for September 21-22. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is hosting a public meeting.

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

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

To register for the NARMS technical workshop and/or general meeting, fill out the required information on the following websites:

To participate in the public comment session on September 22 from 3:40 to 4:15 pm, please email Claudine Kabera (claudine.kabera@fda.hhs.gov) by September 14 and include the topic(s) you are interested in Tabuk.

The transcript of the meeting will be made available within 30 days after the meeting. For additional information, visit the FDA General Meeting webpage

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