Humane Interactive Knowledge Exchange (HIKE)
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In a continuing effort to enhance and improve the knowledge and understanding of humane handling and slaughter laws, regulations, directives, notices, etc., the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act of 1978 [7 USC 1901 - 1906] states that the handling and slaughtering of livestock are to be carried out only by humane methods. The Federal Meat Inspection Act [21 USC 601 et seq.] authorizes Federal Meat Inspectors to inspect, verify compliance, and enforce humane methods of handling and slaughtering of livestock so as to prevent needless suffering of animals. FSIS personnel verify that an establishment is meeting these requirements by performing the PHIS task "Livestock Humane Handling" and recording the results in PHIS for each inspection shift.
The Humane Interactive Knowledge Exchange (HIKE) is a tool available to all Field Operations employees. It is provided to help employees keep current, and correlated, on regulatory requirements, directives, notices, etc.
FSIS will use this page to present newly developed HIKE scenarios before they are distributed to inspection program personnel. Preliminary HIKE scenarios will be posted for a period of 10 working days. During this period, inspection personnel, industry, consumers, and others will have an opportunity to review and comment on the HIKE.
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.