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testing, our people would be tested, too. It
didn't take very long for the plants to put these
procedures in place.
M+P: With all that's been going on, have you
been able to move forward in your priorities, in
what you would like to do? Didn't you oversee
the modernization of the agency's new poultry
and swine slaughter inspection systems?
Kiecker: Yes, we've` been able to move
forward. Our new poultry inspection, our new
swine inspection is moving forward. With most
plants under normal operation, we're looking
to have more plant facilities come under these
new systems. We're also moving forward
with the egg rule, that would have HACCP
regulations for egg product processing.
M+P: Is FSIS moving toward modernizing beef
slaughter inspection like what's been done for
poultry and swine?
Kiecker: Yes, we're doing that. You generally
hear about waivers only in connection with line
speeds. But this month (September), a plant
is moving forward with a waiver to explore
modernization of beef slaughter inspection. It
would involve evaluating slaughter inspection
based on its Hazard Analysis and Critical
Control Point (HACCP) plan for the plant.
Obviously, this plan can't affect the safety
of the product, FSIS personnel, interfere
with inspection procedures, or conflict
with the Federal Meat Inspection Act or
USDA regulations. Two years ago, FSIS had
roundtable meetings about how beef slaughter
inspection could be modernized. We're going to
go forward with rulemaking on this, and we'll
have food safety tests in place for all waivers,
we're not proposing anything that would hurt
food safety. Instead of having our inspectors
doing quality control, we want them to fully
concentrate their efforts on food safety.
M+P: Talking about making changes to
increase food safety, is FSIS going to expand
its verification program for the six nonO157:H7 STEC (Shiga toxin-producing E. coli)?
Kiecker: In June, FSIS announced plans to
expand this testing to all beef products currently
analyzed for E. coli O157:H7 and asked for
comments due this month (September). The
testing in raw beef manufacturing trimmings has
been done since June 2012. Verification testing

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