If you look at this Reuters report, you might be encouraged to see that incidents of salmonella are down a bit from last year. Of course, if you’ve read any of the modern literature on factory farms, you’ll realize that the statistics are nearly worthless since the meat and poultry industries pretty much self-regulate. The USDA inspectors are generally regarded as just figureheads that have very little power or authority to create any sort of meaningful change in the factories.
Vegan.com pointed out this AP report which is more balanced. For instance, “[The USDA] excluded data on plants where salmonella has been found repeatedly, making it seem as if salmonella is on the decline.” Where was that little tidbit in the Reuters article?