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on January 2, 2013

The problem with Salmonella prevalence testing in chicken

HACCP Salmonella prevalence testing has no relationship to the actual risk of human illness associated with Salmonella in chicken.

Estimating numbers of Salmonella cells in chicken rinse samples is expensive, so samples are usually tested only for the presence of Salmonella, with results reported as prevalence, or the overall percentage of positive samples. Several baseline studies have included estimates of numbers of cells in chicken carcass rinses, however, and…

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