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FSIS Issues Directives on Shiga toxin-producing E. coli Verification in Raw Beef Products.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reissued a directive instructing inspection program personnel (IPP) about sampling verification activities for Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) in raw beef products. FSIS changed the design of sampling programs for raw ground beef components other than trim and bench trim effective September 1, 2015. FSIS also will replace the previously used sampling project codes, MT54 and MT55, with new codes, MT64 and MT65, respectively. Samples under these two programs will be analyzed for E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella. IPP are instructed to verify that an establishment's Public Health Information System (PHIS) profile is accurate to ensure that the establishment is eligible for raw ground beef and raw ground beef component sampling. The number of samples under each sampling project will be based on the amount of product produced daily in each product type identified.

FSIS also issued a directive providing instructions to inspection program personnel (IPP) on STEC verification activities, other than testing, at establishments producing raw beef products. The directive instructs IPP to verify Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) regulatory requirements in establishments that produce raw beef products by performing the HACCP verification and Hazard Analysis Verification tasks. IPP must now issue a noncompliance record to an establishment that has a written program to divert all product that FSIS samples to cooking when the establishment receives a positive FSIS sample result unless the establishment also tested the product and found it positive for STEC. The directive indicates that FSIS verification activities for raw beef products are also applicable to raw veal products.

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