The USDA has issued a draft poultry food product safety plan, and it has yet to be fully implemented, according to a report from the Institute for Science and Technology Policy (ISTP).
The USDA has been under fire for its plan, which it has been working on since at least January.
But the plan is still awaiting a final regulatory approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
The plan has come under intense scrutiny in recent months.
In February, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said the plan was “not adequate” and was not needed, and a group of consumer advocates criticized the plan for “inadequate” data and weak data-sharing.
The FDA said it had “significant concerns” with the plan.
The new plan has more specific and comprehensive information about how the USDA plans to implement the plan, as well as how to protect poultry from foodborne illnesses, according a March 17 press release from the FSIS.
The agency has said the proposed plan is in line with federal requirements for food safety.
But the draft document does not offer any information on how the plan would actually help consumers, the press release states.
According to the report, the plan will focus on the “health, safety, and nutritional quality of the poultry products being produced in the United States.”
It also says that the plan does not address the “risk posed by foodborne pathogens or contaminants in food produced in other countries.”
The plan does address food safety measures, such as labeling, but the plan fails to specify how that information will be managed, the report states.