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Animal and Egg Production Food Safety State Cooperative Agreements

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State Cooperative Agreements
State Descriptions and Contact Information
Alabama Description:  The goal of the Alabama Animal Production Food Safety Initiative project is to assess and provide educational opportunities to producers to improve food safety procedures on the farm as well as continuing educational efforts with small packers on basic concepts concerning animal production food safety.  The program will continue to develop and analyze communication strategies between packers and producers.  The objectives of this outreach activity will be accomplished through a series of educational meetings with food animal producers, small slaughter establishments, dairy producers and egg producers.  The concept of a "model farm" will be developed addressing animal health and food safety issues including, but not limited to, Biosecurity, Antimicrobial Resistance, Identification and Recordkeeping, Feed Quality and Manure Management. 

Contact Information:  State Veterinarian:  Dr. J. Lee Alley, Alabama Department of Agriculture in Industry, Montgomery, Alabama, Phone:  334-240-7255, e-mail: alagia01@agri-ind.state.al.us

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California Description:  In the western U.S., the class of animals most frequently found to contain violative tissue drug residues is cull dairy cows, exceeding veal calves by fourfold.  The intensive antibiotic usage on dairy farmers may be contributing to the development of microbial resistance in human pathogens.  Therefore, antibiotic residue prevention remains a very germane topic.  The private veterinary practitioner is well-versed on many aspects of antibiotic usage, however, their knowledge of residues can be strengthened.   The project will develop a video from an existing slide presentation on chemical hazards.  It will provide a uniform and complete message insuring all presentations on the important residue topic would not be omitted, nor misinterpreted.  This video will be useful to individuals and groups desiring educational information on animal production food safety, such as college students, 4-H, and FFA participants.

Contact Information:  State Veterinarian:  Dr. Richard E. Breitmeyer, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Sacramento, California, Phone:  916-654-0881, e-mail:  rbreitmeyer@cdfa.ca.gov

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Colorado Description:  The Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado State University Extension Service, the Colorado Department of Health and the Food Safety and Inspection Service are cooperating to promote the adoption of quality assurance principles, good management practices, and animal health in Colorado beef production systems.  The goal is to provide consumers of Colorado beef a wholesome and safe product.  This program fosters the adoption of a Colorado beef quality assurance program by Colorado producers.  Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification is a process by which producers accept responsibility for the actions under which cattle on their production unit are produced.  Member operations agree to be subject to regular audits conducted by a trained audit team.   Re-certification is required every two years.

Contact Information:  State Veterinarian:  Dr. Wayne Cunningham, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Lakewood Colorado, Phone:  303-239-4161, e-mail:  Wayne.Cunningham@ag.state.co.us

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Florida Description:  Working through the Florida Animal Industry Technical Council, the Florida A&M University, various Indian nation tribal councils, and others, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Conservation Service is working to provide animal production food safety information to producers of beef, mutton, goat, pork, and poultry.  The program will be carried out through educational meetings, publications, communications and education of individual producers on quality assurance processes.  The Department seeks to assist small producers maintain markets for their product in a HACCP environment.

Contact Information:  State Veterinarian:  Dr. Leroy M. Coffman, Florida Department of Agriculture and Conservation Service, Phone:  850-410-0900, e-mail:  coffmal@doacs.state.fl.us

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Illinois Description:  Food Safety is an issue facing consumers and producers in Illinois.  Many producers are unaware of the risk that certain management practices place on their agricultural products.  Educational materials are severely lacking in this area, especially in the area of the classroom.  The Illinois Department of Agriculture believes that reaching the future livestock producers in Illinois in the classroom setting will help alleviate this problem.  Reaching these future livestock producers will help them develop good management practices, and also allow them to implement them for use on the family farm.   This program will establish a preharvest food safety educational committee.   They will develop educational materials regarding pre-harvest safety for livestock production facilities that can be used in the classroom, offer training sessions for teachers and youth leaders throughout the state on how to introduce a preharvest food safety program to their students, and address how to best utilize the material developed by the Department.

Contact Information:  State Veterinarian:  Dr. Richard D. Hull, Illinois Department of Agriculture, Phone:  217-782-4944, e-mail:  dhull@agr-84rl.state.il.us

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Indiana Description:  Indiana operates an Animal Production Food Safety partnership with three project teams:  one each for poultry, dairy, and beef.  The poultry team takes the quality assurance meetings directly to integrated poultry producers in the state and complements the program with train-the-trainer programs to extend the reach of each team.  This one-on-one, personalized approach has proven to be a successful means of communicating with a very competitive, highly integrated industry.  The dairy project focuses education on small to medium-size dairy producers who have little or no exposure to the principles outlined in the 10-point milk and dairy beef residue avoidance program.  The team plans to educate producers about the importance of a proactive approach to food safety.  The beef project continues to build on the "IQ plus" beef program.

Contact Information:  State Veterinarian:  Dr. Brett Marsh., Indiana State Board of Animal Health, Phone:  317-227-0303, e-mail:  bmarsh@boah.state.in.us
Principal Contact:  Denise Derrer, Public Information Director, Indiana State Board of Animal,  Health, Phone:  317-227-0308, e-mail:  dderrer@boad.state.in.us

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Michigan Description:  The State of Michigan seeks to promote awareness and implementation of food safety and good production practices on dairy farms in Michigan.  The phases utilized to carry out the program are to:   enhance and expand the animal production food safety partnership groups which already exists; expand the communication network to cover areas such as HACCP, animal waste management, on farm wildlife control, and bovine tuberculosis prevention; review and enhance educational materials; disseminate information to veterinarians to present at local producer group meetings, especially dairy associations; and disseminate information to producers through articles, newsletters, the Michigan Department of Agriculture web site; mailings, presentations at regional meetings.

Contact Information:  State Veterinarian:  Dr. Harry Chadick, Michigan Department of Agriculture, Phone:  517-373-1077, e-mail:  chaddockm@state.mi.us

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Mississippi Description:  The State of Mississippi's Board of Animal Health is organizing a coalition of individuals and organizations that have a key role and/or interest in food safety issues at the producer farm level.  It is developing a program that will educate producers about the various roles they play in the production of safe food.  Examples of ongoing projects include development of educational materials; implementation of Quality Assurance Certification programs; development of an education program aimed at order buyers and others involved in the marketing of livestock to promote sanitation and management practices designed to promote a safe food product; and development of continuing education conferences in food safety for food animal veterinarians.

Contact Information:  State Veterinarian:  Dr. James Watson, Mississippi Board of Animal Health
Phone:  601-359-1170, e-mail:  jimw@mdac.state.ms.us

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Missouri Description:  The State of Mississippi's Board of Animal Health is organizing a coalition of individuals and organizations that have a key role and/or interest in food safety issues at the producer farm level.  It is developing a program that will educate producers about the various roles they play in the production of safe food.  Examples of ongoing projects include development of educational materials; implementation of Quality Assurance Certification programs, development of an education program aimed at order buyers, and others involved in the marketing of livestock to promote sanitation and management practices designed to promote a safe food product; and development of continuing education conferences in food safety for food animal veterinarians.

Contact Information:  State Veterinarian:  Dr. John W. Hunt, Jr., Missouri Department of Agriculture, Phone:  573-751-3377, e-mail:  jhunt01@mail.state.mo.us
Principal Contact:  Dr. David Hobson, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Phone:  573-751-3377, e-mail:  dhobson@mail.state.mo.us

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Description:  The goal of the Nebraska animal production food safety outreach program is to implement appropriate and ongoing food safety strategies into the Nebraska animal production system, including all ages of producers and sizes of operations, and to facilitate sharing ideas and dissemination of food safety information among producers, extension educators, veterinarians, and others involved in the preharvest food safety network. For FY 2001, the primary audience of the Nebraska program will be food animal producers and their families.  It will also include extension educators, county 4-H/youth program assistants, 4-H/youth leaders, and veterinarians. There are approximately 17,000 youth enrolled in these 4-H projects in Nebraska, who are involved in the raising of beef, sheep, swine, dairy animals, and poultry. The quality assurance education programs will consist of: a brief, but comprehensive facilitators/leaders guide; a handbook for youth; certificates of recognition; a video; and a "learning laboratory" kit of materials to be used in hands-on activities. These programs for youth will be carried on in counties across the state.

Contact Information:  Dr. Larry Williams, State of Nebraska, Nebraska Bureau of Animal Industry, Phone:  402-471-2351, e-mail:  larrylw@agr.state.ne.us

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Nevada Description:  Nevada Department of Agriculture has established a Food Safety Quality Assurance Committee. The committee is composed of representatives of the Department of Agriculture, food animal producers, Agricultural Extension Service agents, and veterinarians in food animal practice. The goals of the committee are to enhance awareness of the importance of on the farm food safety programs and encourage sound resource management through progressive, innovative quality assurance management training. Its program will consist of educational materials that will include an instructional manual, audiovisual material, and hands-on training. The program will address the adoption of residue avoidance and food safety preventive practices, adoption of pathogen reduction and prevention practices, animal or premise identification, recordkeeping of management practices, quality assurance certification, and third party audited programs.

Contact Information:  State Veterinarian:  Dr. David Thain, Administrator, Division of Animal
 Industry, Nevada Department of Agriculture, Phone:  702-688-1182, e-mail:  dthain@govmail.state.nv.us

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New Jersey Description:  The Division of Animal Health of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture is seeking to establish and support a New Jersey Cattle Health Assurance Program. The long-term objective is to establish a New Jersey Dairy Quality Management Alliance (DQMA) initiative that promotes the adoption of the successful New York Cattle Health Assurance Program (NYSCHAP) model. This model program integrates the best management practices based on a comprehensive risk assessment of herd health and current management practices. The New Jersey Cattle Health Assurance Program will educate veterinarians and producers on the need to begin voluntary implementation of good management practices that will enhance the profitability and consistent quality and safety of milk and dairy beef products. The base program is the establishment and implementation of a group of general "best management practices" that have proven to be important intervention points for the maintenance of animal health and production of safe and wholesome food products. The program will develop statewide educational workshops and will ask for five volunteers who will demonstrate the effectiveness of disease control programs and share their experiences with their peers. Initially the program will concentrate on Johnes' disease, Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, residues and mastitis.

Contact Information:  State Veterinarian:  Dr. Ernest Zirkle, Division of Animal Health, New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Phone:  609-292-3965, e-mail:  aghzirk@ag.state.nj.us

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New York Description:  The New York State Cattle Health Assurance Program was designed as an integrated management-based approach to many of the future challenges facing the livestock production industry. The program is process-oriented rather than product-oriented. This means that producers are given credit for product produced in accordance with methods that promote herd health, food safety and environmental responsibility. This information can be utilized to encourage product consumption, make informed purchases of herd replacements, and can address many environmental issues. A new approach is required to meet the numerous future challenges faced by the livestock production industry. Food safety/quality issues will drive a growing proportion of animal health programs in the future. Consumer driven issues command political attention. Producers and responsible agencies will have to establish preventative intervention strategies to maintain confidence in the food supply. Pathogen reduction programs must be designed with an inherent flexibility to accommodate the wide array of pathogens, management styles, environmental conditions, and animal health expertise available to the farm. The key, and the most difficult part of designing such programs, is to insure program credibility while maintaining that flexibility. The FSIS funding is to support the position of a coordinator for the New York State Cattle Health Assurance Program. The position's purpose will be to compile and encourage the adoption of residue avoidance and food safety preventive practices, animal/premise ID, recordkeeping, management practices that comply with certification programs and support for efforts to address zoonotic and human pathogens, herd health hygiene, and biosecurity preventive strategies.

Contact Information:  State Veterinarian:  Dr. John P. Huntley, Division of Animal Industry, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Phone:  518-457-3502, E-mail address:  agriaanimal@emi.com

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North Dakota Description:  The overall goal of the North Dakota Beef Quality Assurance project is to develop and pilot an interdisciplinary, three-day, food safety training program for extension agents, state health and state agriculture department personnel, state meat inspection personnel, and rural veterinarians which will alert them to meat safety issues from production to consumption and enable them to deliver face-to-face food safety programs/advice to their constituents. These are primarily small producers and minorities (Native Americans). Outcomes from this report are to be workshops, materials, a video, and web site that offers technical assistance to producers in the area.

Contact Information:  State Veterinarian:  Dr. Larry A. Shuler, Board of Animal Health, Department of Agriculture, Phone:  701-328-2655, E-mail: lschuler@state.nd.us
Extension Veterinarian:  Dr. Charles Stoltenow, North Dakota State University, Phone:  701-231-8045

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Ohio Description:  In light of Ohio's progress in implementing packing plant HACCP programs, the state is in great need of a uniform Beef Quality Assurance Program. Ohio's beef producers must begin to make the transition and become more aware of their responsibilities relative to food safety, providing assurance to packing plants processing the livestock. Implementation of an Ohio Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Program represents a proactive effort to educate Ohio beef producers about quality assurance procedures and guidelines. The program will develop a Beef Quality Assurance instructional manual. It will include information concerning proper recordkeeping, proper drug use, tissue and chemical residue avoidance, extra label drug use, feed source verification, and good animal husbandry practices. Structured training sessions will be provided to train the trainer on a statewide basis. Future aspects of the program involve out-year development of a web site, CD-ROM-based educational programs, and third party verification.

Contact Information:  State Veterinarian:  Dr. R. David Glauer, Division of Animal Industry, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Phone:  614-728-6220, E-mail: glauer@odant.agri.state.oh.us
Principal Contact:  Robin J. Burton, Administrative Assistant, Division of Animal Industry, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Phone: 614-728-6220

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Oregon Description:  Oregon agriculture has significant components in food animal production. Both beef and dairy industries are major contributors to the agricultural economy, as well as smaller segments in sheep and poultry. Organized commodity groups already have quality assurance programs in place or in planning stages. In the Oregon dairy and beef industries, quality assurance program efforts have been directed at the food safety issue of drug and chemical residue avoidance. With a growing public and government concern for other food safety issues, like foodborne pathogens and transmission of antibiotic resistance from food animal groups to humans, the time has come for a major education effort in that direction. The program intends to educate producers of food animals about pathogen reduction strategies at the production level. There will be special emphasis on strategies that are broad in scope and have potential for controlling multiple pathogens. The program will develop materials to be used to conduct meetings with producer groups and assure that all points are covered as appropriate.

Contact Information:  State Veterinarian:  Dr. Andrew W. Clark, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Phone:  503-986-4680, E-mail: aclark@oda.state.or.us
Principal Contact:  Dr. Don Hanson, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University, Phone:  541-737-6533

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Pennsylvania Description:  The partners in the Pennsylvania "Animal Production Food Safety State-based Outreach Partnerships" propose to develop educational materials (digital video, manuals, slide sets, and brochures) for training implementers (veterinarians, sanitarians, dairy producers, animal production and health professionals, and county extension agents) who will then apply HACCP-based practices to assure milk safety and safety of market cows. Eighteen to twenty-four individuals will be trained as implementers of HACCP-based practices for the dairy farm. The educational materials will be delivered to the implementers who will then invite other producers in their areas to visit the their farms and learn about HACCP.

Contact Information:  State Veterinarian:  Dr. John Enck, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Phone:  717-783-8300, E-mail:  jenck@state.pa.us

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South Carolina Description:  Historically, South Carolina has had a problem with salmonella in eggs. Because of the problem, the South Carolina egg producers began a voluntary program to reduce the incidence of salmonella in eggs. The volunteer nature of the program places the burden on the egg producers to develop a pathogen reduction plan specifically for their premises. Although the egg producers are eager to comply with this program, they lack the training and expertise in pathogen reduction to accomplish this goal. To enhance the level of safety in table eggs produced in South Carolina, the state has implemented an on-farm pathogen reduction training program on food safety issues for table egg producers by conducting a series of workshops and on-farm training sessions. The workshops address issues such as biosecurity preventive strategies, maintenance of  good sanitation production practices, recordkeeping, and storage of food products.

Contact Information:  State Veterinarian:  Dr. Jones Bryan, Clemson University, Phone:  803-788-2260, E-mail:  jbryan@clemson.edu

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South Dakota Description:  South Dakota producers realize that with changing demographics and massive processing distribution systems, the risks pertinent to food safety are changing and must be addressed at every step from production through transportation, to slaughter and retail. Concerns that the establishment of critical control points (CCP's) by processors at the point of production has moved to the center of concern for producers. These procedures could lead to advantage vertically integrated operations in that the critical physical, chemical, and biological hazards could be satisfied by HACCP-like system within vertically integrated operations at the production level. South Dakota cattlemen need to assure that a HACCP-like system, with adequate verification, is available to independent producers, regardless of the size of the operation. The South Dakota Animal Industry Board working with the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association and South Dakota Stock Growers have joined to form a voluntary beef quality assurance/critical management point committee to develop such a system. The system includes guidelines and agreements that involve producers adhering to specific requirements regarding feedstuffs, feed additives, cattle treatments, animal well-being, veterinary/client/patient relationship and recordkeeping. Following training, producers develop a plan with their chosen licensed, accredited veterinarian and other experts. The goal of the program is to have 20,000 beef producers involved in the verified production control program within four years.

Contact Information:  State Veterinarian:  Dr. Sam Holland, South Dakota Animal Industry Board, Phone:  605-773-3321, E-mail: dr.holland@state.sd.us

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Texas Description:  The short-range goals of the Texas Animal Health Commission food safety outreach project is to develop channels of communication that could be used to promote awareness among food animal producers of the need to implement voluntary production practices, which might improve animal health, and/or reduce the risk of chemical, physical, or microbial public health hazards from entering the human food supply. The Commission's efforts focus on encouraging development of local and regional partnerships among allied agricultural entities within Texas to foster cooperative activities that would improve delivery and exchange of information with special emphasis on reaching small producers and their suppliers. The Commission is using the existing framework of the Texas Animal Health Commission's designated "key person" assigned to each of 254 counties in Texas to make contacts and to strengthen existing informal partnerships with allied agricultural entities that are essential to the effective transfer of information designed to improve animal health by encouraging adoption of improved management practices. A database has been created at the Texas Animal Health Commission in Austin containing names and addresses of thousands of producers, suppliers, and other animal agricultural entities to assist in dissemination of relative messages about improved animal health management practices. For example, over 12,000 copies of the Commission's 12-page informational newsletter "Animal Health Matters" were prepared and distributed. This activity provides an avenue to provide animal health-related information to a broad audience in a cost-effective fashion. Also numerous presentations have been made to food animal associations and to individuals by Animal Health Commission personnel with producers individually.

Contact Information:  State Veterinarian:  Dr. Linda Logan, Texas Animal Health Commission, Phone:  512-719-0700, E-mail: Llogan@tahc.state.tx.us
Principal Contact:  Dr. Max Coats, Texas Animal Health Commission, Phone:  512-719-0700, E-mail: Mcoats@tahs.state.tx.us

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Utah Description:  Producers in the state of Utah recognize the need for a quality control program that enables the dairyman to continue on a regular basis to help ensure an unadulterated product. It is the purpose of this funding to develop a dairy quality assurance program by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food in conjunction with the dairy industry. Following development of the program, the Utah Department of Agriculture/Food intends to begin educating producers on the aspects of the program and their involvement.

Contact Information:  State Veterinarian:  Dr. Michael Marshall, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, Phone:  801-538-7160, e-mail:  agmain.mmarshal@email.state.ut.us

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Vermont Description:  Vermont ranks first in New England in livestock production. The majority of food animal producers in Vermont are classified as small producers (fewer than 950 animal units). Approximately 200,000 cattle, 5,000 hogs, and 10,000 lambs are marketed for slaughter from farms in Vermont each year. Four egg farms in Vermont produce approximately 85,000 eggs per day, and a small number of turkey farms produce about 20,000 turkeys per year for slaughter. However, dairy farming is the economic leader for Vermont agricultural income. Dairy products account for approximately 80 percent of total farm income in Vermont. The broad goal of this initiative is to promote awareness of issues involving food safety among all individuals involved in food animal production, transport, marketing, and processing in Vermont. The program will carry out educational outreach to dairy producers in Vermont by developing intensive training to a small number of producers and written educational materials distributed to a large number of dairy producers. The project will demonstrate quality assurance and risk assessment plans on dairy farms in Vermont, focusing on animal health, pathogen reduction, antibiotic usage, and health and treatment recordkeeping on dairy farms. In anticipation of the adoption of mandatory national program standards under FDA's egg safety action plan, the project will develop on-farm risk assessments and individualized flock plan for Salmonellae risk reduction on the four egg production farms in Vermont. Food safety issues will also be discussed in meetings of the Vermont Cattle Health and Quality Assurance Committee and the Vermont Dairy Beef Advisory Committee. The focus is to encourage open lines of communication among all interested parties.

Contact Information:  State Veterinarian:  Dr. Todd E. Johnson, Phone:  802-828-2421, E-mail: tjohnson@agr.state.vt.us
Extension Veterinarian:  Dr. John Barlow, Dept. of Animal Sciences, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, Phone:  802-656-1395

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Description:  The goal of the Washington State animal production food safety outreach project is to provide educational opportunities to producers. At the end of the project, a questionnaire will be developed to test the effectiveness of the various educational opportunities presented to producers, 4-H members, 4-H leaders, and the Extension Livestock Advisors. The project includes distribution by mail of educational material to producers, 4-H members, 4-H leaders, livestock advisors, and large animal veterinarians geared to promote quality assurance programs available to various food animal species. The project will encourage and promote animal production food safety quality assurance and show how these programs affect the packers Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point program and the food consumers eat. The project will organize and provide speakers for producer-packer meetings, place literature at livestock salebarns, and provide educational programs for adult producers including presenting quality assurance animal production food safety education programs for extension and vocational agriculture personnel.

Contact Information:  State Veterinarian - Dr. Robert Mead, Washington Department of Agriculture, Phone - (360) 902-1878, e-mail - rmead@agr.wa.gov
Principal Contact - Dr. Dan Jemelka, Public Health Advisor and Project Coordinator, Phone - (360) 902-1967
Extension Veterinarian - Dr. Jan Busboom, Extension Meat Specialist, Washington State University

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Wisconsin Description:  The Wisconsin project for animal production food safety begins with the training of regulatory veterinarians to develop a trained workforce capable of training private veterinarians, producers and small slaughter plant personnel. The regulatory field force will also assist in developing HACCP-compatible partnerships and expand the farm to table concept. The Division of Animal Health will work with private veterinarians, who comprise the essential element in developing an active, effective and successful program. It will be the private practitioner’s responsibility to develop the needed partnerships between producers, slaughter plants, laboratory and regulatory personnel. The program will rely on the veterinarian’s expertise in sampling, laboratory testing, and interpretation. The Division of Animal Health will participate with the Division of Food Safety in offering a joint program to explain the HACCP-compatible program to small slaughter plants throughout the state. The Division of Food Safety administers the HACCP program in small slaughter plants in Wisconsin. All state-inspected plants are currently participating in the HACCP program. This training would explain the on-farm HACCP compatible principles to small plant operators and their role. In addition, the Division of Animal Health will work jointly with industry, the Division of Food Safety, FDA and FSIS to develop progressive enforcement statutes, rules and policies pertaining to on farm food safety and HACCP-compatible programs. This will require multiple meetings throughout the state. The Department utilizes a progressive enforcement strategy involving education, counseling, written warning and civil and criminal forfeiture.

Contact Information:  State Veterinarian:  Dr. Clarence J. Siroky, Phone:  608-224-4872, E-mail: sirokcj@wheel.datcp.state.wi.us
Principal Contact:  Dr. Donald O'Connor, Phone:  608 - 224-4872

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Food Safety and Inspection Service
Office of Policy, Program Development and Evaluation
Animal and Egg Production Food Safety Staff
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Room 0002
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Telephone:  202-690-2683
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