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Implementation of a Food Safety Improvement System for the Independent Pork Producer and Packer

Investigators
Hill, Dolores
Institutions
USDA - Agricultural Research Service
Start date
1999
End date
2004
Objective
Pathogens including Trichinella, Toxoplasma, and Salmonella along with antibiotic residues. Educational materials will be used to provide farmers with methods to reduce risk. After implementation of risk reduction strategies farms will be tested again to determine the effect of education and risk reduction on pathogen and residue prevalence.
More information
Methods will be developed to test serum samples and meat juices for infection of pigs with the human pathogens Trichinella,Toxoplasma, and Salmonella as well as antibiotic residues. A group of independent pork producers will be selected for 3 studies and pigs from these farms will be tested for the 3 pathogens and residues. An audit questionnaire will be used to assess risk factors for exposure to pathogens and residues. Educational materials will be used to assist producers in implementing risk reduced management practices. Following changes in management, risk will be reassessed and testing will be repeated to verify any reduction in pathogen or residue prevalence.
Funding Source
Agricultural Research Service
Project number
1265-32000-066-03R
Accession number
401539
Categories
Education and Training
Chemical Contaminants
Commodities
Meat, Poultry, Game