In a letter to USDA, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and several leaders of Congress, the Safe Food Coalition, urged that the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) immediately declare antibiotic-resistant strains of Salmonella to be adulterants. The letter also makes several additional recommendations about Salmonella control including requesting that FSIS require poultry plants to reassess their HACCP plans for Salmonella, enhance FSIS policy to assure that product linked to outbreaks is considered adulterated and seek authority from Congress for enforceable performance standards, mandatory recall authority and financial penalties.

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The coalition, made up of eight consumer groups including the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Consumers Union, and Food and Water Watch, wrote the letter in response to the recent Salmonella outbreak linked to Foster Farms chicken. A press release issued by the coalition is available here.

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