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Potential Impacts of Classifying Specific Strains of Salmonella with Multi-Drug Resistance as Adulterants in Ground Beef and Poultry Products

January 2015. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers strains of Salmonella resistant to multiple antibiotics (multi-drug resistant or MDR Salmonella) to be serious public health concerns, leading to proposals to declare them to be adulterants in ground beef and poultry. While testing has shown progress, current technology cannot assure that all raw meat and poultry are Salmonella-free. Additional analyses are needed to identify more effective public health interventions to address MDR Salmonella.

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