Swine processing inspectors fail to issue citations, enforce standards

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Regis Lefebure/USDA/ Agriculture Research Services

A newly designed phytase enzyme added to animal feed enables swine to use more phosphorus in the feed and excrete less of the phosphorus in their waste.

In a review of some 600 swine slaughtering plants, the Office of the Inspector General focused on 30 plants that raised red flags.

Onsite visits by the OIG revealed inspectors were not following proper steps to ensure diseased meat does not enter the food supply.

Inspectors were also not issuing citations or suspensions for egregious violations, effectively leaving the enforcement system useless for improving standards.

Additionally, the OIG found that a pilot program designed to improve the inspection process and implemented 15 years ago is failing due to a lack of oversight. A plant participating in the program was also one with the most repeated and egregious violations.

Title Food Safety and Inspection Service – Inspection and Enforcement Activities At Swine Slaughter Plants
Description OIG audited FSIS’ inspection and enforcement activities at swine slaughter plants to determine if they complied with food safety and humane handling laws.
Date 2013-05
Creator United States Department of Agriculture
Contributor Office of Inspector General
Identifier http://www.usda.gov/oig/webdocs/24601-0001-41.pdf
Subject Audit, Enforcement, Food safety, Inspection, Swine, Slaughter, USDA
Coverage Slaughter plants throughout U.S.
Publisher United States Department of Agriculture
Relation http://usda.gov/oig
Source Audit Number 24601-0001-41
Type Text
Format PDF
Language English
Rights Publicly available information

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