USDA’s FSIS will soon begin sharing new levels of food safety data specific to slaughter and processing facilities in the U.S. on Data.gov. The agency has detailed this framework in its Establishment-Specific Data Release Plan, which the agency anticipates will allow consumers to make more informed choices and lead to industry-wide improvements in food safety by providing better insights into strengths and weaknesses of different practices. The new datasets will begin to publish on Data.gov on a quarterly basis starting 90 days after publication in the Federal Register. Initially, FSIS will share information on the processes used at each facility, as well as a code for each facility that will make it easier to sort and combine future datasets. FSIS will first release results for Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella in ready-to-eat products and processed egg products. It will then begin to share other datasets, including results for STEC in raw, non-intact beef products.
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