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FSIS Issues Revised Directive on Inspection, Sampling and Disposition of Animals for Tuberculosis

Friday, January 30, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued Directive 6240.1, Revision 1, which modifies the instructions that inspection program personnel (IPP) are to follow in the inspection, disposition, and sampling of cattle for tuberculosis (TB).

Specifically, the directive instructs IPP to collect a minimum of one suspicious lesion per 2,000 adult cattle (cows/bulls) slaughtered for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service‚Äôs (APHIS) surveillance activities for TB.  In addition, IPP are to continue to collect samples from all cattle showing suspicious lesions.

The directive cancels FSIS Directive 6240.1, Bovine Mycobacteriosis (M. bovis) Disposition Guideline, dated 11/10/94.

To view this directive, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISDirectives/6240.1Rev1.pdf

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