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The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday released plans to declare salmonella an adulterant, which could mean tougher regulations for chicken processing plants in order to help reduce the amount of salmonella in chicken products.

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The USDA announced new proposed regulations that would declare salmonella as an adulterant in breaded stuffed raw chicken products, in a news release.

“Declaring salmonella an adulterant in a raw poultry product is an important moment in U.S. food safety, and just the beginning of our efforts to reduce illnesses linked to poultry,” said USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Sandra Eskin, in a Facebook post.

Declaring salmonella as an adulterant will help to make sure that contaminated products that could make people sick are not sold in stores, according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). These items are found in the freezer section at your local store and include cordon bleu or chicken Kiev items.

“Food safety is at the heart of everything FSIS does,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a news release. “That mission will guide us as this important first step launches a broader initiative to reduce Salmonella illnesses associated with poultry in the U.S.”

The USDA said that since 1998, breaded and stuffed chicken items have had up to 14 outbreaks and 200 illnesses. According to The Associated Press, last year frozen breaded raw chicken items led to 36 illnesses and 12 people were sent to the hospital as a result.

According to the AP, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that one in 25 chicken packages sold at grocery stores has been contaminated with salmonella. The new regulations would help reduce contamination at poultry processing plants. This means more routine testing and if plants have salmonella contamination, the plant could expect the possibility of shuttering plants in order to reduce it or other regulatory actions.

The National Chicken Council, which is the trade association for chicken producers and processors, told the AP that it is concerned the new regulations would lead to an “abrupt shift in federal policy,” basically meaning that it could cost jobs and take safe food off store shelves and shutter plants.

The new regulations are expected to be published in the Federal Register in the fall and USDA’s FSIS would look for public comment before the final steps, according to the AP. This also includes setting a date for when the new regulations will go into effect.

More information can be found on USDA’s website.