The U.S. Poultry and Egg Association (USPOULTRY) and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in which a researcher developed a rapid detection assay for Salmonella that can be used in poultry processing plants. The method will allow the detection of all Salmonella strains as well as identify S. enteritidis, S. Heidelberg, and S. typhimurium.

The assay also reduces cost and testing time compared to some currently used methods. The testing method could be adapted to detect Salmonella in various stages of processing, providing important information for improving control measures. For a detailed summary, click here.

Project #F056:  “Rapid Detection of Viable Salmonella on Poultry Carcasses without Enrichment Using Multiplex PCR and Quantitative PCR (qPCR)” was conducted by Dr. Steven Ricke and collaborator, Si Hong Park, University of Arkansas, Center for Food Safety – Institute of Food Science and Engineering in Fayetteville, Arkansas.