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FSIS Releases Livestock Slaughter Establishment Residue Questionnaire Results, Launches Pilot Project

Thursday, October 15, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released results from its Livestock Slaughter Establishment Residue Questionnaire, which instructed Public Health Veterinarians (PHVs) to gather data about factors that may affect the performance of in-plant screening tests. The results indicate a need for more specific instruction and training for PHVs regarding when to residue test. The results also suggest instructions should be more slaughter class specific. Staffing shortages and interference from other inspection responsibilities continue to be reasons to not residue test.

The results of the questionnaire were used to initiate the FSIS Slaughter Pilot Project , which is likely to start this month. FSIS will begin the program with dairy cow and Bob veal slaughter classes in an effort to increase efficiencies of in-plant testing and to provide more specific guidance to PHVs regarding conditions selected for testing. FSIS will choose establishments where the PHV screens a high percentage of suspect and retained carcasses to monitor the conditions leading to railed out carcasses. The pilot is expected to last two to three months.

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