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FSIS Issues Notice on Collecting of Environmental Samples During Risk-Based Listeria Monocytogenes Sampling

Friday, September 11, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued Notice 62-09: Compositing of Environmental Samples Collected During Routine Risk-Based Listeria Monocytogenes (RLm) Sampling. The notice provides instructions to Enforcement, Investigations and Analysis Officers (EIAOs) for collecting environmental (non-food contact) samples during RLm sampling and completing FSIS Form 10,210-3.

FSIS is initiating a structured process for conducting Food Safety Assessments (FSA) at all federally inspected establishments, cycling through each establishment at least once every four-year period.  For establishments that produce post-lethality exposed ready-to-eat (RTE) products, FSIS will also conduct routine risk-based Listeria monocytogenes sampling at the time of the FSA.

According to FSIS Directive 10,240.5, RLm samples are collected in sampling units of 10 food contact surface, five environmental (non-food contact surface), and three product samples.

The methodology for collecting the RLm environmental samples at the official establishment will not change – samples will still be collected individually. However, with the issuance of this notice, a single RLMENVC form will be used for all five swab samples and one result will be reported.

To view this notice, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/oppde/rdad/FSISNotices/62-09.pdf

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