On May 2nd, 2012, the USDA announced a series of prevention-based policy measures that will improve protection for consumers from foodborne illness in meat and poultry products.
- Performance standards for poultry establishments for continued reductions in the occurrence of pathogens. FSIS estimates that approximately 5,000 illnesses will be prevented each year under the new Campylobacter standards, and approximately 20,000 illnesses will be prevented under the revised Salmonella standards each year.
- Zero tolerance policy for six Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) serogroups (O26, O103, O45, O111, O121 or O145 ), in raw ground beef.
- Test and hold policy that will significantly reduce consumer exposure to unsafe meat products.
- Labeling requirements that provide better information to consumers about their food by requiring nutrition information for single-ingredient raw meat and poultry products and ground or chopped products.
- Public Health Information System, a modernized, comprehensive database about public health trends and food safety violations at the nearly 6,100 plants FSIS regulates.