The USPOULTRY Foundation, through its Board Research Initiative (BRI), is requesting proposals on an antimicrobial industrial hygiene monitoring study. Antimicrobials are often used in meat and poultry processing to control pathogens in raw meat products. Many companies have conducted studies that clearly demonstrate the exposure of employees to these antimicrobial substances is well below levels of concern from an industrial hygiene perspective. However, there is a dearth of publicly available, peer-reviewed studies on the topic. This BRI is designed to fill that void. Further, the study will highlight practices or procedures found during the study that further reduce exposure levels.
The USPOULTRY Board Research Initiative was created by the boards of USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation to address current issues facing the poultry industry. The USPOULTRY Board Research Initiative operates alongside the current USPOULTRY comprehensive research program and augments the great success of the existing program by focusing additional resources toward defined areas of research.
USPOULTRY and its Foundation operate a comprehensive research program incorporating all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. Since the inception of the research program, USPOULTRY has reinvested more than $27 million dollars into the industry in the form of research grants, with the International Poultry Expo as the primary source for the funding. More than 50 universities and federal and state facilities have received grants over the years.