• FSIS Risk Assessment Opportunity

    Members of the PDG:

    Hopefully you've seen Isabel Walls' posting of USDA-FSIS's intent to receive proposals focusing on Salmonella assessment in chicken and turkey chains.

    Below is a copy of Isabel's earlier posting.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is requesting proposals for a cooperative agreement to collaborate on two risk assessments – one for Salmonella in chicken and another for Salmonella in turkey. These risk assessments will provide scientific support for FSIS to develop a revised framework for controlling Salmonella in poultry. FSIS will evaluate both preharvest and postharvest intervention strategies and assess the impact of reducing Salmonella levels and the prevalence of subtypes of public health concern (e.g., Typhimurium, Enteritidis, Infantis) on the rate of Salmonella illnesses from chicken and turkey consumption.

    FSIS is seeking proposals from a multi-disciplinary team to support these risk assessments. The team should include individuals who cangather and analyze existing industry data and provide it to FSIS in a confidential and secure manner, including data on Salmonella levels and subtypes in chicken and turkey, both pre- and post-harvest. The team should also have expertise in dose-response modeling that takes into consideration differences in Salmonella virulence among subtypes.  Multi-disciplinary teams may be from multiple institutions and must designate a single principal investigator from a U.S. organization. We encourage collaborations that include minority serving institutions.

    The cooperative agreement announcement has been posted on on March 2, 2022. Proposals must be submitted to FSIS by April 15, 2022.