In comments on the new performance standards before the National Chicken Council Technical and Regulatory Committee meeting held last week in Atlanta, Dr. Daniel Engeljohn, FSIS assistant administrator, said FSIS would go forward with the Salmonella and Campylobacter performance standards, but that FSIS plans to change the way the agency will implement them. He further indicated FSIS will publish a revised Salmonella Incentive Program (SIP) shortly after the performance standards are published. The reason FSIS had not published SIP earlier is because FSIS wanted to tie SIP to the new performance standards.
FSIS has dropped its plans to move forward with its proposed policies regarding not-ready-to eat stuffed poultry products that appear ready-to-eat, Engeljohn also told the committee. In 2009, FSIS had proposed to establish a zero Salmonella performance standard on finished consumer packaged products in this category of poultry products.