The trend of finding Salmonella infantis in poultry products is increasing, according to researchers.

European regulation on fresh poultry specifically mentions only Salmonella enteritidis or Salmonella typhimurium as a food safety criterion so considers chicken meat contaminated with other Salmonella species as compliant.

Regulation (EC) No 2073/2005 on microbiological criteria for foodstuffs sets Salmonella food safety criteria for some foods of animal origin. That for fresh poultry  is limited to enteritidis and typhimurium as they represent the main risk for public health. Whether food containing Salmonella infantis is considered unsafe and not placed on the market should be assessed on a case-by-case basis, according to the European Commission.

The Italian National Salmonellosis Control Plan for Poultry 2019 to 2021 establishes the abatement conditions for poultry farms in case of positive isolation of Salmonella enteritidis, Salmonella typhimurium and Salmonella infantis.

Chicken meat and Salmonella infantis

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A farmer veterinary walks inside a poultry farm

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