|Food Safety and Inspection
United States Department of Agriculture
Washington, D.C. 20250-3700
HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project
Dear Sir or Madam
Enclosed is the third report on baseline data collected in plants participating in the HACCP-based inspection models project. The project is designed to test whether new government slaughter inspection procedures, applied in conjunction with revised plant HACCP controls and new process controls, can improve food safety and increase consumer protection.
FSIS has contracted with Research Triangle Institute, an independent consulting firm, to collect both microbiological and organoleptic data in volunteer slaughter plants. The baseline data are being collected to document the accomplishments of the current inspection system. The data are not being used to evaluate the performance of specific employees or plants.
Baseline data collection in broiler plants is now completed, and this report presents the data collected in 16 broiler plants. Preliminary data on market hogs was presented in the second report, and additional data on market hogs will be available soon.
FSIS is building separate databases for each market class of animal eligible for the project. Data will again be collected in plants when the new slaughter inspection procedures, along with new plant controls, are tested in order to provide a "before" and "after" picture.
If you have any questions about the data or the project in general, please contact Mike Grasso at (202) 205-0025.
Assistant Deputy Administrator
Office of Policy, Program Development and Evaluation
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