JBS has found great benefits from using the RVA system and Ruby encourages other companies to take a close look at using the system, he says. To put JBS’s reduction in microbial counts in perspective, the incidence of microbial counts for E. coli for the entire industry declined by two-thirds over the last 10 years. JBS uses the RVA system to audit and enhance its overall “SAFE” food safety program, says Ruby. The SAFE program originally involved an evaluation of dressing procedures, monitoring food safety interventions and microbiological counts, and auditing of carcass spacing in the coolers. It now includes the RVA system.
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