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Committee on Livestock Approves New Standard on Evaluation Devices

Committee F10 on Livestock, Meat, and Poultry Evaluation Systems and/or Devices has created a new standard so that manufacturers, regulators and users have a common method to determine that evaluating devices are accurate. The standard, F 2343, Test Method for Livestock, Meat and Poultry Evaluation Devices, was developed by Subcommittee F10.20 on Device Performance Criteria.

According to James A. Vanderwielen, business manager for packers and stockyard programs, United States Department of Agriculture, and chairman of the F10.20 Subcommittee, the new standard has been developed in response to changes in the livestock, poultry and meat industry that point to an increase in the use of electronic evaluation devices that allow buyers and sellers to be more responsive to product requirements demanded by the consumer. Accurate evaluation devices are essential to this process.

“By standardizing the method to test evaluating devices, manufacturers, buyers and regulators will perform uniform testing to determine accuracy,” says Vanderwielen. “Everyone will understand the specific requirements that must be met and will be able to duplicate the test. Standard testing methods reduce the confusion that can occur if testing is done without guidance, causing unfair or inconclusive results.”

Vanderwielen stresses that Committee F10 encourages any manufacturer of electronic evaluating devices under development to participate in upcoming revisions to F 2343. “New technology is being developed that needs to be incorporated into the standard. By working with the committee in the development stages, industry representatives can ensure that a method for uniform testing between manufacturers and users can be established.”

For further technical information, contact James A. Vanderwielen, U.S. Department of Agriculture (phone: 515/323-2579). Committee F10 on Livestock, Meat and Poultry Evaluation Systems meets Oct. 6-8 during the October Committee Week in Washington, D.C. For membership or meeting details, contact Jim Olshefsky, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9714). //

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