In 1994, USDA-FSIS declared the presence of E. coli O157 as adulterant in ground beef. In response to this declaration and many subsequent regulations by USDA-FSIS and as a result of research by government, industry and academia, a number of interventions were developed to control the presence of E. coli O157 during the harvest process. The process of the development of interventions continues to this day. The general trend has been that any interventions that show promise have been implemented without removing any of the existing interventions.
Without a doubt there are interventions in use by beef processors today at a great expense to the plant and do not add benefit in control of E. coli O157 or a significant reduction in general bacterial population.
IEH professionals with their years of experience in developing, implementing and evaluating such interventions can examine your operation and identify potential redundant intervention(s) and then collect data to determine the efficacy of these interventions.
With data in hand, you can make the decision to eliminate the intervention(s) and in the process save your company a significant amount of money.
At IEH we work closely with our clients to use interventions at steps in the process that will give the process the maximum return on investment.
- Examine the entire slaughter and fabrication processes
- Identify interventions that we deem unnecessary
- Collect data using sound scientific experimental design
- Analyze the data and write a report with recommendations to the client
- Assist client in determining unnecessary interventions