USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University in Normal, Alabama, in which researchers found a practical method to enhance the safety of poultry products. The research was made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from Ingram Farms and is part of the Association’s comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. A brief summary of the completed project is shown below. A complete report, along with information on other Association research, may be obtained by going to USPOULTRY’s website. The project summary is as follows.


Project #704: Enhancing the Antimicrobial Efficacy of Organic Acid Blends to Kill Salmonella enterica and Campylobacter jejuni on Broiler Skin

Dr. Armitra Jackson-Davis and colleagues at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University recently completed a research project in which they looked at ways to reduce contamination of chicken skin during processing. They found that adding Yucca extract to organic acids significantly reduced the levels of Salmonella and Campylobacter on chicken skin compared to organic acids alone when used as an immersion treatment. This may provide a safe and practical method to enhance food safety of poultry products.