In a continuing effort to enhance and
improve the knowledge and understanding of humane
handling and slaughter laws, regulations,
directives, notices, etc., the Food Safety and
Inspection Service is implementing a new service
to facilitate greater sharing of knowledge and
information with, and among, FSIS field
personnel. This new service is identified as the
"Humane Interactive Knowledge Exchange (HIKE)"
and is described below.
The Humane Interactive Knowledge Exchange (HIKE)
is a new tool available to all Field Operations&146;
employees. It is provided to help employees keep
current, and correlated, on regulatory
requirements, directives, notices, etc. HIKE
allows, through the use of fictional scenarios,
an employee to review FSIS requirements, and
hopefully, to correlate with his or her
work-group and supervisor regarding the
application of those requirements.
The HIKE system works in the following manner:
- A scenario pertaining to a humane handling and slaughter situation
will be sent monthly to all Field Operations employees, utilizing
the "FAIM" and "Outlook" e-mail systems.
- Any employee may ask questions regarding these scenarios. It is believed,
however, that the greatest benefit may be gained from discussions of the scenarios
and questions within individual work groups and with supervisors. If questions
pertaining to any of the scenarios or answers given on HIKE are not resolved through
discussions within the work-group or with the supervisor, they should be submitted to
the following address: Hike@fsis.usda.gov
- Information generated through the Humane Interactive Knowledge Exchange (HIKE) process
may be used at work unit meetings, District Meetings, or meetings with plant management.
The scenarios, and any subsequent questions and answers are intended to aid Field
Operations&146; employees through increased understanding and correlation of regulations,
policies, and standards concerning humane handling and slaughter of livestock.
- Questions received concerning the specific scenarios will be evaluated, researched and
answered by Technical Service Center (TSC) specialists.
- Other questions related to humane handling and slaughter issues should be addressed to
the DVMS in your respective district offices.
For HIKE related questions, send mail to
Send all other general questions, to
Tech Center address.