Food & Agriculture

Safe Food Coalition Tells USDA to Follow Through on Salmonella in Poultry Reforms

CFA and other members of the Safe Food Coalition submitted the following letter expressing support for Agricultural Secretary Vilsack’s recent statements endorsing reforms in how USDA regulates Salmonella contamination in poultry products. Salmonella illness rates in the United States have not decreased in the last 20 years, largely thanks to contaminated poultry, which now accounts for nearly a quarter of salmonellosis cases. The letter commends the Secretary for committing to develop enforceable, product-based standards, and to find ways to mitigate Salmonella risk through better management of live birds before they enter the slaughterhouse. The coalition cautioned against settling for half-measures that target only a narrow range of poultry products.