The USDA's Salmonella Action Plan drew criticism from food-safety advocates, who say that it doesn't do enough to address the projected 1.3 million salmonella-related illnesses that occur each year. Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter called the plan "a deregulation of the poultry industry that will put consumers, workers, and even animal welfare at risk" and said the White House should instead seek congressional approval to make companies accountable for introducing contaminated food into the market. The focus on the HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project was also criticized by the Center for Progressive Reform, which said the plan fails to address issues such as the use of strong contamination-masking chemicals.

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