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FSIS Issues Notice on E. coli Bench Trim Testing and a Revised Directive to Consolidate the Agency’s E. coli Instructions

Friday, July 31, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today issued Notice 51-09: Routine Sampling and Testing of Beef Manufacturing Trimmings Derived from Cattle Not Slaughtered in that Establishment (Bench Trim) for Escherichia Coli (E. coli) O157:H7.  In the notice, bench trim is defined as beef manufacturing trimmings derived from cattle not slaughtered on site at the establishment.

The notice informs inspection program personnel (IPP) that they are to begin routine sampling of bench trim for E. coli O157:H7 when they receive a sample request form (FSIS Form 10,210-3) with the MT55 project code.

FSIS Directive 10,010.1, Revision 2 was also issued today.  The directive, Verification Activities for Escherichia coli O157:H7 in Raw Beef Products, was reissued to incorporate in one document the instructions that FSIS has issued in multiple notices regarding E. coli O157:H7.  According to the Agency, the revised directive serves three purposes:  it provides instructions to IPP for sampling raw beef products for FSIS verification; it outlines actions FSIS will take upon a positive test for E. coli; and it includes instructions for other E. coli verification activities. 

To view the notice, click here:  http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/51-09.pdf

To view the directive, click here:  http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISDirectives/10010.1Rev2.pdf

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