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Strategic Performance Working Group Releases Findings on Sanitary Dressing Procedures

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service's (FSIS) Strategic Performance Working Group (SPWG) has developed recommendations to reduce the number of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli (STEC)cases, following findings that the number of illnesses from E. coli O157:H7 has either plateaued or increased in the past 18 months. FSIS recommends improving training for in-plant personnel regarding when and how to document sanitary dressing deficiencies; incorporating photographs in trainings to illustrate instructions on identifying deficiencies and best practices for sanitary dressing; revising its compliance guide with information on common mistakes in sanitary dressing, as well as offering guidance on how establishments can meet sanitary dressing requirements; and improving ways that in-plant personnel verify an establishment's control of its sanitary dressing procedures.

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