TRACEBACK HEARING – FSIS – WDC 3-10-10

JOHN MUNSELL COMMENTS

(Initially, I gave a spontaneous comment that the agency’s willingness to hold this public hearing constituted a remarkable improvement in FSIS attitude towards tracebacks to the source)

My formal comments were as follows:

I’ve found it ironic the last two years that FDA, in spite of having inspectors in plants as infrequently as once every 5 – 6 years, has successfully traced outbreaks back to spinach farms, pepper farms, melamine in China, peanut butter, etc.

In stark contrast, although FSIS has inspectors in every plant every day, the agency typically fails to trace enteric pathogens back to the slaughterhouse of origin. More