Results of baseline data studies, E. coli testing, RTE product sampling, and Salmonella/Campylobacter verification testing.
FSIS research article from the Journal of Food Protection, Number 12, December 2016
- Using a Six Sigma Fishbone Analysis Approach To Evaluate the Effect of Extreme Weather Events on Salmonella Positives in Young Chicken Slaughter Establishments
Paper explaining how FSIS is using the latest proven technology to address foodborne pathogens.
FSIS estimation of pathogen rates in the population represented by the samples collected in each sampling project.
FSIS announced the launch of the Raw Pork Products Exploratory Sampling Program (RPPESP) in April 2015. The goal of the project is to collect data on the presence of Salmonella, other pathogens, and indicator organisms in various pork products.
FSIS collects samples of meat and poultry products to estimate the national prevalence and levels of bacteria of public health concern. Each report is a compilation of data obtained for a particular species or type of animal.
Draft Baseline Study Programs
FSIS will make draft study plans available for review before the official baseline sample collection begins. If concerns are raised, FSIS will assess those concerns before moving forward with the study.
- None at this time.
Studies Underway or Planned
Baseline Data Reports
National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) is an interagency program among FSIS, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), developed to monitor, characterize, and identify trends associated with antimicrobial resistant bacteria in meat and poultry products, retail meat, and humans.
On October 17, 1994, FSIS began a microbiological testing program to detect Escherichia coli O157:H7 in raw ground beef. The objectives of the testing program have evolved over time. An original objective was to stimulate industry testing and other actions to reduce the presence of the pathogen in raw ground beef.
Today, FSIS considers product sampling to be one of several activities conducted to verify the effectiveness of HACCP systems. Since the initiation of the FSIS testing program, many grinders and suppliers of raw ground beef components have instituted programs to routinely test their ground beef products or raw materials used in ground beef products for E. coli O157:H7.
Quarterly Sampling Reports on Ready-to-eat Products and Egg Products
Quarterly reports summarizing Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella test results from ready-to-eat products and egg products. The data reported here are from sampling projects for first quarter of Fiscal Year 2018 onwards.
Microbiological Testing Program for RTE Meat and Poultry and Pasteurized Egg Products
Results of Data Analysis for the Listeria monocytogenes RLm Risk-based Sampling Program for CY 2008 (PDF Only)
Sampling program detects Lm contamination from (1) Post-lethality environmentally exposed ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products, (2) RTE food contact surfaces, and (3) noncontact environmental sources.
- Results for Apr 2006- Dec 2007 (PDF Only)
Analysis of ALLRTE and RTE001 Sampling Results for Salmonella species, CY 2005-2008 (PDF Only)
In addition to Lm, ready-to-eat product samples from FSIS's ALLRTE and Risk-based RTE001 sampling programs are tested for Salmonella. This report focuses specifically on Salmonella.
Salmonella & Campylobacter Verification Testing Program for Raw Meat and Poultry: Periodic Reports
FSIS verifies that establishments are meeting performance standards by collecting and analyzing randomly selected product samples.
- Monthly Reports for Establishments by Performance Category
- Quarterly Sampling: Salmonella & Campylobacter
- Annual Progress Report on Salmonella and Campylobacter Testing of Raw Meat and Poultry Products
Serotyping of Salmonellae from Meat and Poultry Products
Salmonella testing and serotype data provide an opportunity to examine the association among serotypes isolated on-farm, from meat and poultry products, and from human cases of salmonellosis.
- Annual Report
- A comparison of Salmonella serotype incidence in FSIS-regulated products and salmonellosis cases
FSIS Establishment Eligibility Criteria and Scheduling Algorithm for the Salmonella and Campylobacter Verification Sampling Program for Raw Poultry
FSIS allocates sampling within classes of raw poultry according to these criteria.
Salmonella Initiative Program Criteria
The criteria for participation are explained.
Current Participant List (PDF)
Salmonella Isolates: Cooperative Agreement, Data Sharing (Aug 30, 2007; Image-only PDF)
FSIS and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) signed a memorandum of agreement.