Stricter Standars Expected to Lower Food Bourne Illnesses

The United States Department of Agriculture has made a plan that puts stricter standards on poultry production and transportation to lower the risk of salmonella and campylobacter in poultry.
With new standards not only are producers accountable, but slaughterhouses as well. The standards will protect young turkeys and chickens from being contaminated. A certain percentage of poultry set aside would be tested for a specific pathogen linked to the illnesses.
“the new standards announced today mark an important step in our efforts to protect consumers by further reducing the incidence of salmonella and opening a new front in the fight against campylobacter,” United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement.
The USDA said the standards will out salmonella outbreaks down by 26,000 and campylobacter by 39,000 over two years.
After recent outbreaks with lettuce and peanuts, the USDA has put effort towards protecting consumers and putting more confidence in American foods.
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