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FSIS Issues Instructions for Verification Sampling Programs for E. coli 0157:H7 in Raw Beef Products

Friday, October 31, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

In response to questions that have arisen concerning FSIS Notices 17-07 and 18-07, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is providing new guidance to inspection program personnel on collecting samples of beef manufacturing trimmings and other raw ground beef and patty components for Escherichia coli (E. coli ) O157:H7 testing. In addition, this notice (77-08) provides new instructions for submitting samples to the laboratory for E. coli O157:H7 testing.

Currently, under Directive 10,010.1 and FSIS Notices 17-07 and 18-07, FSIS personnel are not to send samples to the laboratory until the establishment has completed pre-shipment review for the sampled lot. Under this notice, however, inspection program personnel are instructed not to wait until the establishment completes pre-shipment review before submitting raw beef samples to the laboratory for E. coli O157:H7 testing.

Rather, inspection program personnel are to submit the raw beef sample to the laboratory after the establishment has completed all interventions, except for any intervention that is based on microbiological test results. Thus, FSIS, in many cases, will be collecting and submitting samples to the laboratory before the establishment completes pre-shipment review.

To view this notice, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/77-08.pdf

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