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Accession Number PB2013-110068
Title Food Safety: More Disclosure and Data Needed to Clarify Impact of Changes to Poultry and Hog Inspections.
Publication Date Aug 2013
Media Count 51p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract USDA inspectors provide continuous inspection of each meat and poultry carcass and its parts that enter interstate commerce. In 1998, USDA began three pilot projects at slaughter plants for healthy young chickens, young turkeys, and young hogs, with a purpose to deploy inspection resources more effectively in accordance with food safety and other consumer protection requirements. Under the pilot projects, plant personnel sort carcasses before USDA's inspection. The pilot projects are to end when a final rule for each species is published. In January 2012, USDA published a proposed rule to modernize poultry slaughter inspections based, in part, on its pilot projects. GAO was asked to review these pilot projects. This report determines (1) the extent to which USDA has evaluated the three pilot projects, (2) strengths and weaknesses of the pilot projects based on the views of key stakeholder groups, and (3) the extent to which USDA disclosed limitations, if any, in sources of information it relied on to develop the proposed rule. GAO reviewed relevant laws and documents and interviewed USDA officials and 11 key industry, labor, consumer advocacy, and animal welfare groups familiar with the pilot projects.
Keywords Consumer protection
Food industry
Food processing
Food safety
Meat inspection
National government
Plant personnel
Poultry inspection
U.S. Department of Agriculture(USDA)

Source Agency General Accounting Office
NTIS Subject Category 98H - Food Technology
57L - Nutrition
Corporate Author Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1325
Contract Number N/A

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