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FSIS Provides Notice on Label Verification of Imported Raw Beef Products.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a notice last week that provided instruction to inspection program personnel (IPP) for verifying imported beef products with the instructional statement claims "For Cooking Only" or "For Full Lethality Treatment." This notice replaces the instruction in Chapter IV (Section II, D) of FSIS Directive 10,010.2 - Verification Activities for Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia Coli (STEC) in Raw Beef Products - which is applicable only to import reinspection of raw beef products certified to a federal establishment that applies cooking or a full lethality treatment to eliminate STEC. This update will likely reduce trade barriers and holding times at U.S. borders. Details regarding IPP responsibilities at import establishments and additional information can be found in the notice .

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