Salmonella incidence declines in most meat types

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A new progress report from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) compiles results of salmonella testing on 30,686 samples from eight meat and poultry classes in 2012. The report shows a reduction in positive tests in most cases, although there was a slight increase in the incidence of salmonella on steer and heifer carcasses.

FSIS logo According to the report 1.1 percent of samples from slaughter steers and heifers tested positive in 2012 compared with 0.5 percent from samples in 2011. Positive tests on market cows and bulls declined from 0.8 percent in 2011 to 0.0 percent in 2012.

In 2012, 14,665 ground beef samples were analyzed and 1.9 percent tested positive for salmonella, compared with 2.4 percent positive from 13,161 samples in 2011 and 2.2 percent positive from 9,256 samples.

The incidence of salmonella is higher in poultry than in beef, but the report shows declines there as well. In 2012 FSIS analyzed 10,933 salmonella samples from young chicken establishments. The total percentage of positive samples was 4.3 percent, down from 6.5 percent, 6.7 percent, 7.2 percent, and 7.3 percent in 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008, respectively.

For ground chicken, the agency analyzed 1,376 samples in 2013 and found a total of 28 percent positive, down from 30.9 percent in 2011.

Among market hogs, 1.3 percent tested positive in 2012 compared with 3.3 percent in 2011.

The full report is available online from FSIS.

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corrine wynne    
July, 02, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Thats big industry having to reduce illnesses and showing pride in it. Small farms and cattlemen haveless illnes i. Their products so we have that to be really proud of. Now folks your new Big Industry issue is approved unless you contact Congress and ask to pass Safe Act. Your ground hamburgers will soon contain bute dosed horsemeat thanks to Big industry farm and Cattle Growers. Your kids and your family wont be able to tell the difference because they will mix it together for you. So this article is their distraction from the new USD A approved horsemeat for beef program.

Craig A. Moore    
Billings, MT  |  July, 03, 2013 at 08:20 AM

I was just wondering what it was like to go through life without a clue and I can see that you are the perfect person to tell me. Apparently, if ignorance is bliss, you are a very happy person.