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FSIS Announces Listeria Pilot Project

Monday, December 28, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced it will launch a year-long, nationwide pilot project in January 2016 to assess whether retailers are using the recommendations in the FSIS “Best Practices Guidance for Controlling Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in Retail Delicatessens.” As part of the pilot project, FSIS Compliance Investigators will complete a questionnaire to determine if retailers are following specific recommendations from the guidance. The questionnaire will be used to compare the practices observed in retail delis to the procedures outlined in the guidance document in the areas of product handling, cleaning and sanitizing, facility and equipment controls and employee practices. FSIS, however, will not perform sampling at retail as part of the pilot project and will not take any new enforcement actions. The information from the pilot project will be analyzed quarterly and the results will be posted on the FSIS website in a Constituent Update.

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