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FSIS Reissues Notices on Humane Handling, Follow-Up Sampling of Raw Ground Beef Products, and Routine Sampling of Beef Trimmings

Thursday, April 2, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reissued the following notices:

Notice 21-09: Humane Handling Activities and Documentation in Livestock Slaughter Establishments. This notice is a reissuance of FSIS Notice 16-08 and provides instructions for Public Health Veterinarians (PHVs) and other inspection program personnel to conduct humane handling activities randomly throughout their tour of duty. The notice also instructs PHVs to encourage establishments to develop and implement a systematic approach for the humane handling of animals. To view this notice, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/21-09.pdf

Notice 22-09: Follow-Up Sampling of Certain Raw Ground Beef Products After An FSIS Verification Sample Tests Positive for E. coli O157:H7. This notice is a reissuance of FSIS Notice 17-07 and instructs FSIS inspectors how to perform routine follow-up sampling at the slaughter establishments that produced and supplied the carcasses (“the originating supplying slaughter establishment”) that provided the beef manufacturing trimmings or other raw ground beef or beef patty components used in the production of raw ground beef products that tested positive for Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7 by FSIS.  This sampling is a follow-up to the FSIS verification sampling at establishments that grind beef or at retail stores. To view this notice, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/22-09.pdf

Notice 23-09: Routine Sampling of Beef Manufacturing Trimmings Intended for Use in Raw Ground Beef. This notice is a reissuance of FSIS Notice 18-07 and instructs inspection program personnel on how to conduct routine verification sampling of beef manufacturing trimmings intended for use in raw ground beef or beef patty products at the slaughter establishments that produced those trimmings. To view this notice, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/23-09.pdf

 

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