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Salmonella control options in frozen raw breaded chicken products

Reminder: The measures for controlling Salmonella in frozen raw breaded chicken products must be implemented by April 1, 2019.

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Introduction

The purpose of this page is to provide information on measures for controlling the risk of Salmonella in frozen raw breaded chicken products.

For a full list of products that are impacted by these requirements, please see Appendix 1: List of raw breaded poultry products.

Interventions

To reduce the risk of Salmonella in frozen raw breaded chicken products, the addition of preservatives (antimicrobials) approved for use by Health Canada in these products is permitted. All preservatives added to these products must be included in the list of ingredients.

Control measures

Option 1

Include as part of the manufacture of the frozen raw breaded chicken products a cook process that has been validated to achieve a 7-log reduction in Salmonella, which will result in a ready-to-eat product.

The resulting product may be exempt from Listeria monocytogenes requirements provided:

If at the time of implementation a validated 7-log reduction can be achieved, products will be subject to the Control measures for Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat foods.

Option 2

Implement a Salmonella testing program for the raw chicken mixture to demonstrate it has no detectable Salmonella.

The sampling program must meet the following requirements:

Option 3

Implement a Salmonella hold-and-test program for finished frozen raw breaded chicken products.

The sampling program must meet the following requirements:

Option 4

Include as part of the manufacture of the frozen raw breaded chicken products, a process or combination of processes that has been validated to achieve a 2-log reduction in Salmonella and implement a Salmonella sampling program for the raw chicken mixture

The sampling program must meet the following requirements:

Appendix 1: List of raw breaded poultry products

Products covered by these requirements

Products that are not part of these requirements

More information

Notice to Industry – New requirements to reduce Salmonella to below detectable amounts in frozen raw breaded chicken products

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