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FSIS Issues New Instructions for Multiple Follow-up Sampling Following Positive E. coli O157:H7 Result

Friday, November 7, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued new instructions (Notice 79-08) for multiple follow-up samples of raw ground beef, raw ground beef trimmings, and other raw ground beef and raw beef patty components in response to an FSIS positive E. coli O157:H7 result or another federal or state entity’s positive E. coli O157:H7 result.

FSIS is implementing multiple follow-up samples in response to a positive E. coli O157:H7 result because analysis of E. coli O157:H7 sample data from 2000 through 2005 shows that plants are more likely to have a second positive sample if they have had a positive sample within the preceding 120 days.

To view this notice, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/79-08.pdf

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