The National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) voted to adopt a U.S. Salmonella enteritidis (SE) Monitored Program at its biennial conference.
The program, which will focus on multiplier meat-type breeder chickens, was developed by a committee organized by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association Vice President Dr. Alling Yancy. "The Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) has stated that SE has been increasing at the same time the overall prevalence of Salmonella spp. has been declining in broilers," said Yancy. "This new NPIP program will add some context to discussions on this matter by helping us learn the relative prevalence of SE in U.S. meat-type parents breeding flocks. Only then can we know how serious the issue is, and begin to figure out what can be done about it."
Now that the program has been adopted by the NPIP, Yancy said he intends to encourage broiler integrators to participate. He also plans to search out volunteers to form an industry coalition that will collaborate with the FSIS to address SE in broilers.