November 1, 2017

Working with FSIS to reduce condemnations and cut losses

They don’t know how to go about challenging unsupportable inspector decisions or hesitate to do so because they fear retaliation.

As a former supervisory veterinary medical officer with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), I can tell you that conducting regular condemnation reviews and taking action to reduce unnecessary condemnations is worthwhile.

The FSIS inspector’s job is to follow the criteria for condemning a carcass, but there’s a lot of judgment and subjectivity that goes into inspecting chickens and it can be difficult to make a quick decision about whether or not a carcass should be condemned. Read more

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