December 21, 2016

NCC scientist: Food safety is everyone’s job

Food safety is a chain stretching from producers to consumers. The challenge for processors is to make sure their link in that chain remains strong. “As an industry, as a trade association and as the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), we all have the same goal in mind, and that is to protect public health,” said Ashley Peterson, Ph.D., of the National Chicken Council in Washington, D.C. She shared her insights at the recent “Young Chicken Gross Pathology Workshop” at the Georgia Poultry Laboratory in Gainesville. Zoetis sponsored the 2016 meeting. “What can we do to minimize contamination on the part of processors?” she asked. “What can we do to educate our consumers to make sure they are properly handling and cooking the product? And how can we have a collaborative relationship with FSIS?”
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