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FSIS Issues Directive on Sanitary Dressing and Process Control Procedures

Monday, May 4, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)  issued Directive 6401.1, which provides off-line inspection program personnel (IPP) with information regarding how to verify that cattle slaughter operations are focusing on sanitary dressing and process control procedures and that those procedures are under control.

 In addition, this directive provides information describing how off-line IPP are to verify that establishments have validated their HACCP systems.  The directive expresses an expectation that such validation addresses the impact of the sanitary dressing and process control procedures that include the decontamination and antimicrobial intervention treatments, as well as the feedback on microbial test results from trim and ground beef sampling that the slaughter establishment receives from subsequent raw beef processing operations.

 This directive will be implemented beginning June 1, 2009.  To view this directive, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISDirectives/6410.1.pdf

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