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Market Hog HIMP Evaluation Posted

Monday, November 17, 2014

(American Meat Institute)

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) posted the Market Hog HIMP Evaluation. The report evaluates FSIS inspection findings in market hog slaughter establishments participating in the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Inspection Models Project (HIMP) to determine whether the HIMP inspection system is performing as well as the existing inspection system in terms of safety and wholesomeness of hog slaughter and overall consumer protection. The evaluation compares all five HIMP market hog establishments with a set of 21 non-HIMP market hog slaughter establishments. FSIS' evaluation found that market hog slaughter establishments participating in HIMP are performing as well as comparable large non-HIMP market hog establishments, and are meeting FSIS expectations for the overall HIMP project. On this basis, FSIS sees no reason to discontinue HIMP in market hog establishments. Further analyses, including science-based risk assessments, are required to determine the pilot program's impact on foodborne illness rates and its applicability to additional establishments.

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