Under the purview of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Food Safety (OFS), the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health agency in USDA responsible for ensuring the safety of the Nation’s commercial supply of meat, poultry, and processed egg products, and is comitted to identifying ways to reduce foodborne illness attributed to these FSIS-regulated food products. Salmonella is a leading cause of foodborne illness, and outbreaks of Salmonella have been linked to poultry, pork, and beef products. Using outbreak data through 2017, the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) estimates that approximately 38% of foodborne salmonellosis in the United States is attributed to meat and poultry products.
This document serves as a roadmap describing how FSIS advances science-based, data-driven programs and policies to promote innovations to reduce Salmonella and other pathogens in meat, poultry, and egg products. Additionally, it is a visual representation of the activities within the Agency that are directly related to pathogen reduction. Current programs are described in this roadmap, including some future efforts to meet Healthy People 2030 public health goals. In 2020 and beyond, FSIS will strengthen its'commitment to reduce pathogen contamination as it leads with science, build relationships, and influence behavior change to reduce Salmonella infections associated with FSIS-regulated products and to save lives.