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December 1st, 2011 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP December 1, 2011 @ 6:30 am

Inspection and Testing Data on Meat and Poultry Processing Facilities

Date: Nov. 30, 2011




Releasing Inspection and Testing Data on Meat and Poultry Processing Facilities With Care Could Have “Substantial Benefits” 


WASHINGTON — “Publicly posting enforcement and testing data corresponding to specific meat, poultry, and egg products’ processing plants on the Internet could have “substantial benefits,” including the potential to favorably impact public health, says a new report from the National Research Council. The report adds that the release of such data could contribute to increased transparency and yield valuable insights that go beyond the regulatory uses for which the data are collected……

Statement of CSPI Food Safety Director Caroline Smith DeWaal

November 30, 2011

Today’s announcement by the National Academy of Science that USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service should dramatically increase the amount of testing and sampling data available for consumers on the Internet is a major step forward in the quest for a truly transparent food system. CSPI has used FSIS data in the past to give consumers advice on which plants produced turkeys with the lowest rates of Salmonella but in subsequent years found it impossible to access usable data from FSIS to update its recommendations. Now, the NAS has concluded decisively that access to this data could lead to valuable public health benefits, and should be shared without undue delay…..”

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