The standard introduces new legal safeguards for growing live poultry and requires poultry growers to identify and control food safety hazards associated with poultry growing.
Poultry processors will continue to be required to identify and control food safety hazards associated with poultry processing (which includes the slaughtering process) and verify the effectiveness of the control measures.
Campylobacter and Salmonella are the two main bacteria that can be present on raw poultry and cause illness if the poultry is not cooked or handled correctly. The Poultry Standard aims to lower both the prevalence and levels of these two pathogens in poultry meat, thereby reducing the likelihood of illness occurring.
As part of preparations for this standard, FSANZ, in association with federal and state government agencies, coordinated a baseline survey to obtain information on the likelihood of live chickens being contaminated on-farm with Campylobacter and Salmonella, and also the likelihood of their being contaminated after slaughter.
The Poultry Standard (P282) was published on 20 May 2010. There is a two year implementation period for this standard so it will take effect on 20 May 2012.
After this date FSANZ will conduct another poultry survey to determine whether the requirements have been successful in lowering the amount of Campylobacter and Salmonella in raw poultry.