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FSIS Extends Comment Period on STEC Notice; March Launch of Sampling Program Remains in Place

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

(American Meat Institute)

Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Administrator Alfred Almanza informed AMI in a letter received today that the agency will extend by 30 days the comment deadline for a September 20 Federal Register publication  declaring six strains of shiga toxin producing E. coli to be adulterants when found in certain beef products.  The new deadline to file comments is December 21, 2011.  The March 5, 2012, launch date of the agency’s sampling program remains in place, however.

AMI on October 11 joined seven other associations in requesting a comment extension and a delay in the effective date to give industry more time to prepare.

In the November 15 letter, Almanza said, “FSIS is now in a position to carry out an enforceable program to control non-O157 STEC.”

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