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FSIS to Begin Posting Location-Specific Food Safety Data Online

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today it will soon share food safety data specific to slaughter and processing facilities in the United States, on Data.gov. The agency says the move will will allow consumers to make more informed choices, motivate individual establishments to improve performance, and lead to industry-wide improvements in food safety by providing better insights into strengths and weaknesses of different practices.

The new datasets will begin to publish on a quarterly basis starting 90 days after publication in the Federal Register. Initially, FSIS will share information on the processes used at each facility, giving more detail than is currently listed in the searchable establishment directory, as well as a code for each facility that will make it easier to sort and combine future datasets by facility. Additionally, FSIS will release results for Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) and Salmonella in ready-to-eat (RTE) products and processed egg products.

On a quarterly basis, FSIS will then begin to share other datasets, including results for Shiga Toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) and Salmonella in raw, non-intact beef products; results for Salmonella and Campylobacter in young chickens and young turkeys, comminuted poultry, and chicken parts; routine chemical residue testing data in meat and poultry products; and advanced meat recovery testing data.

The agency has detailed its framework for releasing this data in its Establishment-Specific Data Release Plan .

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