GAO report: USDA used bad data to back new poultry inspections

A Government Accountability Office report set for release today found that the USDA used outdated and incomplete data to support its plan to expand poultry inspection procedures to facilities throughout the country. The findings put into question the validity of the USDA's conclusions about the pilot program's greater effectiveness at reducing salmonella and other pathogens, compared with the traditional approach. The GAO report also criticized the USDA for applying information generated from chicken facilities to turkey facilities, as well as the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service's failure to gather and analyze information about the inspections' effectiveness in a similar pilot program in pork facilities.

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