The US Poultry & Egg Association has approved funding of $119,000 (£97,000) for a new research grant for a risk assessment comparing alternative approaches to regulating Salmonella in poultry through the Board Research Initiative program.
The topic and request for proposal were selected by the association’s board of directors. The Foundation Research Advisory Committee evaluated several research proposals and then recommended which proposal to fund to the board.
The research grant and the research was made possible in part by donations to the association’s foundation. The donations came from a wide range of poultry and egg companies, individuals and families to support the foundation’s mission of funding industry research and recruiting students into poultry careers.
Dr Denise Heard, vice president of research at the US Poultry & Egg Association, said: “This particular project is extremely important. Being able to have direct industry involvement whilst obtaining this information will ensure that appropriate data are used to develop future approaches for Salmonella control and Salmonella regulatory modifications.”
Association president John Starkey added: “The poultry industry has long invested in continuously improving the wholesomeness, safety and sustainability of its product. This project represents one more step in that ongoing effort.”