Log in Subscribe Join Grass Roots Action

FSIS Announces Standardized Approach to Residues Without Established Health Tolerances

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that it is standardizing the approach it will take in instances when sample results from livestock or poultry carcasses reveal chemicals for which neither the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nor the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have set tolerances or regulatory levels. Previously, FSIS addressed these instances on a case by case basis. Under the new approach, FSIS will derive a de minimis level (DML) for the given chemical, below which FSIS is confident that any public health concern is nonexistent or negligible. If FSIS testing finds carcasses to contain levels of a chemical above the DML, FSIS will notify the slaughter or processing establishment, as well as suppliers of the source animals, about the presence of the chemical. FSIS will also notify the FDA, EPA or other appropriate federal partners for possible trace-back investigations and consideration of potential mitigation actions. If chemicals are consistently found above the DML, FSIS will consider conducting regular, routine sampling for that chemical and will not apply the mark of inspection to that product until test results at or under the DML are received.

 share on facebook  share on twitter