US - The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is to carry out a survey of the meat slaughter and processing industry to add to FSIS' understanding of the practices and technologies used to control pathogens and promote food safety.
According to the American Meat Institute the results will be compared to a similar survey the agency conducted in 2004 to assess food safety and technology adoption trends.
The survey, contracted with Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International, will be sent to eligible beef and pork slaughter establishments nationwide starting mid-November through the beginning of February.
As it has done with other surveys that it has conducted for Federal agencies, RTI International will report individual responses to this survey to FSIS, but it will use data masking techniques so individual establishments cannot be identified.
The results of the survey will be reported to the public only in summary form, so individual responses or respondents cannot be identified. Those who respond to the survey will receive a summary report of the survey results.
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