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FSIS Issues Notice on Changes in Sampling Frequency for E. coli O157:H7 Testing in Raw Ground Beef

Thursday, March 12, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued Notice 18-09: Changes in Sampling Frequency for E. coli O157:H7 Testing in Raw Ground Beef.  This notice announces that inspection program personnel may receive FSIS Form 10,210-3, Requested Sample Programs, for E. coli O157:H7 sampling and testing of raw ground beef products (MT43) at the following monthly rates:

• Up to 4 times within a 30-day window for establishments with ground beef product production volumes of greater than 250,000 pounds per day;

• Up to 3 times within a 30-day window for establishments with ground beef product production volumes of 50,000 to 250,000 pounds per day;

• Up to 2 times within a 30-day window for establishments with ground beef product production volumes of 1,000 to 50,000 pounds per day; and

• Generally, no more than once within a 30-day window for establishments with ground beef product production volumes of less than 1,000 pounds per day. However, FSIS will ensure that at these establishments at least one sample is collected quarterly.

 To view this notice, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/18-09.pdf

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