Food Safety & Production Program

Food safety is a high priority for the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. The association develops and supports programs that help ensure the safety and quality of U.S. poultry meat and egg products..

Technical Resources

USPOULTRY gathers technological information that aides implementation and improvements in the design and execution of food safety systems. Information is provided through technical references, multimedia resources, articles, meetings, and other educational events.

Technical Reference Series: NPIS Carcass Sorter Training

Carcass Sorter Training Guide

This is a guide to learn the main objectives of carcass sorting tasks under the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS). Most recommendations and materials are derived from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service's own training for USDA inspectors. Industry experts collaborated in the development of this handbook. Trainer and trainee versions are available upon request.

To request access to this guide, go to the USPOULTRY Training Resources page under "Food Safety" and submit an access request. Note: Available to USPOULTRY Members Only

Technical Reference Series: Whole Genome Sequencing

Carcass Rinse and Swab Samples

Microbiome Analysis

Microbiome Analysis Using Next Generation Sequencing: Carcass Rinse and Swab Samples
This technical reference guide serves as a tool in the implementation of testing protocols for microbiome identification from carcass rinses or swabs using next genome sequencing (NGS) technology. This can be used as validation reference for food safety systems. NGS is useful to evaluate effectiveness of a process or an individual intervention as it relates to food quality (e.g. spoilage) or food safety (e.g. Salmonella or Campylobacter prevalence).

Industry experts collaborated in the development of this handbook. The handbook offers recommendations on how to train and learn the carcass sorting task in your operation.

Microbiome Analysis Using Next Generation Sequencing: APC Plates
This technical reference guide serves as a tool in the implementation of testing protocols for microbiome identification from Aerobic Plate Counts (APC) using a next genome sequencing (NGS) technology. This can be used as validation reference for food safety systems. APC is useful to evaluate effectiveness of a process or an individual intervention as it relates to food quality (e.g. spoilage). NGS can be used to identify specific populations of microorganisms in and can be used to observe its changes through the process.

To request access to this guide, go to the USPOULTRY Training Resources page under "Food Safety" and submit an access request. Note: Available to USPOULTRY Members Only

Webinars

WGS Webinar Series
This series contained five different webinar topics surrounding Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) which occurred once a month from January to May of 2020. WGS is an increasingly valuable tool with a broad scope of applications from food safety management and surveillance to outbreak investigations.

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