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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: Analyst Training and Check Sample Program for Pork and Horsemeat Export Program

Location: Animal Parasitic Diseases

2013 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
The project will continue ongoing ARS support of the AMS export certification program for pork and horsemeat. The ARS laboratory provides training to technical personnel in European Union approved methods for trichinae inspection and conducts a check sample system for continuous quality control of approved testing laboratories.


1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Technical personnel from pork and horsemeat exporting companies visit the ARS location for intensive hands-on training for methods approved by the EU and Russia for testing for Trichinella. Trained analysts receive quality control samples on a quarterly basis to assure the quality of the testing system. Results of the quality control testing are provided in the form of reports to the AMS. The ARS lab addresses questions raised by trading partners regarding the export certification program.


3.Progress Report:

The ARS laboratory provides training to technical personnel in EU approved methods for trichinae inspection and conducts a check sample system for continuous quality control of approved testing laboratories. Technical personnel from pork exporting companies visit the ARS location for intensive hand-on training in methods approved by the EU and Russia for testing for Trichinella. Trained analysts receive quality control samples on a quarterly basis to assure the quality of the testing system. Results of the quality control testing are provided in the form of reports to the AMS. The ARS laboratory addresses questions raised by trading partners regarding the export certification program, and supports on-farm certification and export marketing efforts. Additional studies were completed to validate the preparation of proficiency samples and to optimize larval dispersion in check samples.


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