"Salmonella Bacteria"

FSIS Extends Comment Period for Proposal on Salmonella in NRTE Breaded, Stuffed Chicken Products

July 24, 2023
Deadline extension spurred on by associations’ request to analyze newly released study results before submitted comments.

USDA-FSIS announced an extension to the comment period for the proposal to declare Salmonella an adulterant in non-ready-to-eat (NRTE) breaded, stuffed chicken products, the second extension granted for the proposal.

First published on April 28, the plan’s original deadline for comments was extended in May from June 27 to July 27. Now, the proposed determination will be open for comments an additional 15 days, until Aug. 11, 2023.

In the agency’s June 23, 2023, Constituent Update, FSIS announced the release of a study on Salmonella in NRTE breaded, stuff chicken product purchased at retail stores. A joint request for the comment period extension was made by industry associations, who wanted additional time to analyze the results of that study and comment on the impact to the proposal.

USDA-FSIS deputy under secretary for Food Safety Sandra Eskin discussed the proposed determination with Food Processing’s senior editor, Andy Hanacek, earlier this spring, and we published that interview as a podcast earlier this month.

Comments may be submitted online via the federal eRulemaking portal, at, or via mail (address and submission information available here).

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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