Salmonella and Campylobacter Verification Testing Program for Young Chicken and Turkey Carcasses: Monthly Reports for Establishments by Performance Category
FSIS samples poultry establishments producing young chicken and turkey carcasses continuously (up to once a week) so that it can more closely monitor an establishment's process control over time.FSIS uses these Salmonella and Campylobacter sampling results to assess establishment performance based on a 3-category system. Establishments at or below half of the performance standard are placed in Category 1, those that meet the standard are placed in Category 2, and those that fail the standard are placed in Category 3. This information is being made available to the public on the FSIS website to inform consumers and to incentivize establishments to improve their performance.
- Salmonella and Campylobacter Categorization of Individual Establishments Using Moving Windows for All Poultry Product Categories
As FSIS announced in the Feb. 11, 2016 Federal Register, establishments producing carcasses subject to FSIS sampling and testing category determinations are based on a minimum number of Salmonella and Campylobacter sample results being available from a 52-week moving window, with the first window having begun on May 3, 2015. As the Federal Register outlines, the category definitions are as follows:
Category 1. Consistent Process Control: Establishments that have achieved 50 percent or less of the Salmonella or Campylobacter maximum allowable percent positive during all completed 52-week moving windows over the last 3 months.
Category 2. Variable Process Control: Establishments that meet the Salmonella or Campylobacter maximum allowable percent positive for all completed 52-week moving windows but have results greater than 50 percent of the maximum allowable percent positive during any completed 52-week moving window over the last 3 months.
Category 3. Highly Variable Process Control: Establishments that have exceeded the Salmonella or Campylobacter maximum allowable percent positive during any completed 52-week moving window over the last 3 months.
Individual windows are defined as 52 consecutive Sunday-to-Saturday weeks. Category status is determined based on 15 months of data, i.e., the last three months of completed 52-week moving windows, with the last window included in the current posting ending on the last Saturday of the previous month. Sampling results used in the category calculation are extracted from the FSIS data systems on approximately the 11th of the current month to allow for all available samples to be processed. For demonstration, data extracted on July 11, 2016 for the July web posting will include completed moving windows through June 25, 2016.