Preliminary data on beef and veal carcass baseline survey released
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released preliminary data for the first six months of the Beef and Veal Carcass Baseline Survey (B-VCBS). The results reveal that the percent of all pathogens decreased from post hide removal to pre-chill, which suggests that the interventions in place are reducing the presence of pathogens on beef and veal carcasses. The data also show that beef has a higher percent of Salmonella positives at post-hide removal than veal, while veal has a higher percent of non-O157 STEC positives at post-hide removal than beef. FSIS is collecting swab samples at the post-hide removal/pre-evisceration and pre-chill stages of the slaughtering process, and will use the results to estimate the national prevalence of select pathogens to evaluate the pre-evisceration and pre-chill dressing procedures and slaughter controls to develop compliance guidance and other regulatory policies.
Source: North American Meat Institute