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Public Disclosure of Tests for Salmonella: The Effects on Food Safety Performance in Chicken Slaughter Establishments

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  • Ollinger, Michael
  • Wilkus, James
  • Hrdlicka, Megan
  • Bovay, John

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This report examines how disclosing the identities of chicken slaughter establishments with poor or mediocre performance on Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) tests for Salmonella affects subsequent test outcomes. Empirical results show that public disclosure of the identities of such establishments is strongly correlated with a substantial drop in Salmonella levels over 2006-10. The reduction in Salmonella levels demonstrated that the FSIS Salmonella standard on carcasses of young chickens could be lowered. FSIS then reduced its Salmonella standard on young chicken carcasses by more than 50 percent in 2011.

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  • Ollinger, Michael & Wilkus, James & Hrdlicka, Megan & Bovay, John, 2017. "Public Disclosure of Tests for Salmonella: The Effects on Food Safety Performance in Chicken Slaughter Establishments," Economic Research Report 262183, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:uersrr:262183
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.262183
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    1. Beatty, Timothy & Shimshack, Jay P., 2018. "Monitoring and Enforcement in a Food Safety Context," 2018 Annual Meeting, August 5-7, Washington, D.C. 273913, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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