Food Safety Magazine

News | October 15, 2012

FSIS Clarifies Salmonella Testing for Poultry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has published a notice instructing inspectors on which young-chicken products are eligible for carcass sampling in its Salmonella and Campylobacter verification testing program.

All young chickens—including Cornish game hens, broilers, fryers and roasting chickens—are eligible, FSIS said. However, capons, hens, fowl, baking chickens, stewing chickens, cocks or roosters are not subject to Salmonella and Campylobacter verification testing.

The notice can be read in its entirety at