Adding Value to Microbiological Sampling: Study Design and Statistical Methods for Food Safety

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Microbiological testing of food plays an important role in verifying that food safety systems are working as
intended. Samples are used to characterize and draw conclusions about the presence of pathogens in food.
This project uses the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) data to
explore ways to improve microbiological sampling and regulatory decision-making through applied statistical
methods and study design.

Collaborators: Ohio State, USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Timeline: January 2020–June 2021
Funding Sources: CFI and the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Research Participation Program administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) through an interagency agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and the National
Institute of Environmental Health Sciences