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FSIS Issues Directive on Performing Sanitation Verification Review

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued Directive 5000.4, which instructs inspection personnel on how to perform the review portion of PBIS Procedure 01B02 pre-operational (pre-op) sanitation verification in establishments that process meat and poultry carcasses and parts.

FSIS personnel are to focus their inspection efforts on those processing areas and equipment that present the highest risk of becoming insanitary or of being the site, or causing, product contamination. The directive also provides instructions regarding how to select equipment and areas to inspect, and how to determine to what extent (i.e. how in depth) to perform pre-op verification.

To view this directive in its entirety, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISDirectives/5000.4.pdf

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