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FSIS Issues Notice on Measures to Address E. coli O157:H7 at Establishments that Process Raw Beef Products

Thursday, January 8, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued Notice 05-09, which instructs inspection personnel on how to determine whether establishments that receive, grind, or otherwise process raw beef products are employing adequate measures to address E. coli O157:H7.  FSIS contends that this notice is necessary because of the rate at which the FSIS is finding E. coli O157:H7 in products.

The notice provides Enforcement, Investigations and Analysis Officers with specific criteria that they are to consider when they assess whether establishments have adequate support for how, based on their hazard analysis, they address E. coli O157:H7 in their HACCP systems.

The notice also provides Consumer Safety Inspectors with instructions on how to conduct verification activities at establishments that use critical control points to prevent, eliminate, or reduce E. coli O157:H7 in raw beef products or that use their Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures or another prerequisite program to prevent occurrence of this pathogen.

To view this notice, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/05-09.pdf

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