Water Reuse Considerations

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The USDA-Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently changed the regulations
regarding the use of water in poultry processing facilities. Previous regulations required that water used in a particular process, such as washing or chilling, be disinfected (free from pathogenic bacteria) prior to reusing the water for equipment rinsing or product contact further upstream in the process. However, new regulations allow for the water to be used upstream without any stipulations regarding the presence of pathogenic bacteria in the water prior to reusing.