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Salmonella Verification Testing Program Monthly Posting

INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS: Individual Salmonella Categorization for Poultry Establishments (June 2, 2019 through May 30, 2020)

AGGREGATE DATA: Aggregate Salmonella Categorization for Young Chicken and Turkey Carcasses, Raw Chicken Parts, and NRTE Comminuted Poultry Establishments (June 2, 2019 through May 30, 2020)

NOTE: As announced in the August 27, 2018 Constituent Update, Constituent Update FSIS began testing all raw poultry samples using the enrichment method to detect Campylobacter and has discontinued assessing whether establishments meet the current Campylobacter performance standards. FSIS will continue to share individual Campylobacter sampling results directly with establishments using existing mechanisms but has temporarily discontinued posting aggregate category results on the FSIS website until sufficient data are generated with the new method and new Campylobacter performance standards are in place.

About the Monthly Reports Posting

Salmonella Verification Testing Program

Performance Categorizations


About the Monthly Reports Posting

FSIS posts the monthly reports on the Performance Category of Individual Raw Poultry Establishments and the Aggregate Salmonella Categorization for Raw Poultry Establishments on or about the 20th of the month. For the posting each month in Calendar Years 2020, the reference period for category assessment is:

  Month of Posting Reference Period  
  December 2019 December 2, 2018 - November 30, 2019  
  January 2020 December 1, 2018 - December 29, 2019  
  February 2020 January 27, 2019 - January 25, 2020  
  March 2020 March 2, 2019 - February 28, 2020  
  April 2020 March 31, 2019 - March 28, 2020  
  May 2020 April 28, 2019 - April 25, 2020  
  June 2020 June 2, 2019 - May 30, 2020  
  July 2020 June 30, 2019 - June 27, 2020  
  August 2020 July 28, 2019 - July 25, 2020  
  September 2020 September 1, 2019 - August 29, 2020  
  October 2020 September 29, 2019 - September 26, 2020  
  November 2020 November 3, 2019 - October 31, 2020  
  December 2020 December 1, 2019 - November 28, 2020  
  January 2021 December 29, 2019 - December 26, 2020  

Salmonella Verification Testing Program

FSIS continuously samples (up to five times per month) poultry establishments producing young chicken and turkey carcasses, and raw chicken parts, so that it can more closely monitor an establishment's process control over time. FSIS also continuously samples NRTE comminuted chicken and turkey products for Salmonella.

FSIS uses these Salmonella sampling results to assess establishment performance during a reference period of one completed 52-week moving window based on a 3-category system. Establishments at or below half of the performance standard over the previous moving window are placed in Category 1, those that meet the standard in that period are placed in Category 2, and those that fail the standard in the previous moving window are placed in Category 3.


Performance Categorizations

As FSIS announced in the November 9, 2018 Federal Register, FSIS will post on its website the category status of individual establishments for pathogen reduction performance standards for Salmonella in young chicken carcasses, young turkey carcasses, raw chicken parts, and NRTE comminuted chicken and turkey products, based on FSIS verification sampling results from one 52-week window, but not to include follow-up sampling. As the Federal Register outlines, the category definitions under verification sampling are as follows:

  • Category 1: Establishments that have achieved 50 percent or less of the maximum allowable percent positive during the most recent completed 52-week moving window.
  • Category 2: Establishments that meet the maximum allowable percent positive but have results greater than 50 percent of the maximum allowable percent positive during the most recent completed 52-week moving window.
  • Category 3: Establishments that have exceeded the maximum allowable percent positive during the most recent completed 52-week moving window.

Individual windows are defined as 52 consecutive Sunday-to-Saturday weeks. Category status is determined based on 52 weeks of data, i.e., the last completed 52-week moving window, ending on the last Saturday of the previous month.

Sampling results used in the monthly establishment category assignments are extracted from the FSIS data systems on approximately the 11th of the current month to allow at least 10 days of lab processing time for samples taken before the close of the last moving window to be included. For demonstration, data extracted on January 11, 2018 for the January web posting would include the completed moving window of samples taken through December 30, 2017.

 

 

Last Modified Jun 22, 2020