Reducing Salmonella in Poultry
On October 19, 2021, USDA announced that FSIS would be mobilizing a stronger and more comprehensive effort to reduce Salmonella illnesses associated with poultry products. The agency has undertaken several key activities to gather the data and information necessary to support future action and move closer to the national target of a 25% reduction in Salmonella illnesses.
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Proposals Sought for Salmonella Risk Assessments
FSIS is requesting proposals for a cooperative agreement to collaborate on two risk assessments – one for Salmonella in chicken and another for Salmonella in turkey. These risk assessments will provide scientific support for FSIS to develop a revised framework for controlling Salmonella in poultry. FSIS will evaluate both preharvest and postharvest intervention strategies and assess the impact of reducing Salmonella levels and the prevalence of subtypes of public health concern (e.g., Typhimurium, Enteritidis, Infantis) on the rate of Salmonella illnesses from chicken and turkey consumption.
FSIS is seeking proposals from a multi-disciplinary team to support these risk assessments. The team should include individuals who can make industry data available to FSIS in a confidential and secure manner, including data on Salmonella levels and subtypes in chicken and turkey, both pre- and post-harvest. The team should also have expertise in dose-response modeling that takes into consideration differences in Salmonella virulence among subtypes. Multi-disciplinary teams may be from multiple institutions and must designate a single principal investigator from a U.S. organization. We encourage collaborations that include minority serving institutions.
How to Submit Proposals
FSIS extended the deadline for proposals to Monday, May 16. The cooperative agreement announcement that was posted on Grants.gov on March 2, 2022 has been amended to include additional clarifying details. Stakeholders may also submit questions about the announcement to George.Baptist@usda.gov until Monday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. FSIS will post responses to the questions received on Grants.gov by Wednesday, May 4.