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FSIS Issues Final Rule Amending Recordkeeping Regulations for Official Establishments and Retail Stores that Grind Raw Beef Products

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued an advance copy of a final rule, commonly known as the grinding log rule, establishing recordkeeping requirements for inspected establishments and retail stores that grind raw beef products. Under the final rule, FSIS is amending its recordkeeping regulations to require that all official establishments and retail stores maintain records of the establishment numbers of suppliers that send material used to prepare each lot of raw ground beef product; all supplier lot numbers and production dates; the names of the supplied materials, including beef components and any materials carried over from one production lot to the next; the date and time each lot of raw ground beef product is produced; and the date and time when grinding equipment and other related food-contact surfaces are cleaned and sanitized. The requirements also apply to raw beef products that are ground at an individual customer’s request when new source materials are used. The final rule takes effect 180 days after it publishes in the Federal Register. The Meat Institute sent a memo to members detailing the requirements presented in the final rule.

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