There is national interest in protecting public health by reducing foodborne illness from Salmonella in poultry. While industry continues to reduce Salmonella prevalence, the cases of human illness attributable to poultry remained unchanged. There is a need to better understand Salmonella levels and the serotypes most likely to cause human disease. Improved live bird management, better harvesting and processing controls, and other areas need data that can be shared to support science-based, risk-driven decision-making. A new partnership with academia, industry and government partnership creates a trusted, clearly defined space for the sharing of data—and to align on our shared interest in reducing Salmonella illnesses in humans. The development of a stronger and more comprehensive food safety framework helps control Salmonella to help prevent foodborne illnesses.

This project was supported by IAFNS Food Microbiology Committee.