Declaring Specific Pathogens Adulterants

Issues

Declaring Specific Pathogens Adulterants

The Breakdown

• An adulterant is a substance found within a food that should not be there for either health or legal reasons and its presence renders that product illegal to sell.

• The Center for Science in Public Interest (CSPI) submitted a petition to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on May 25, 2011 to declare four separate strains of antibiotic resistant (ABR) Salmonella—Hadar, Heidelberg, Newport, and Typhimurium—as adulterants under both the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Poultry Products Inspection Act.

• After a lawsuit was filed by CSPI demanding a decision, USDA denied the petition on July 31, 2014.

Our Position

• Stop Foodborne Illness supports the ideas contained within CSPI’s petition, believes the petition should be resubmitted with further information provided, and approved. Hadar, Heidelberg, Newport, and Typhimurium Salmonella pathogens should be declared adulterants.

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