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FSIS Publishes New Notice on Testing and "For Cause" Food Safety Assessments in Response to Ready-To-Eat Testing Results

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued Notice 64-09: Intensified Verification Testing and “For Cause”’ Food Safety Assessments in Response to Ready-to Eat Testing Results.

This notice cancels FSIS Notice 78-08 and provides further information for scheduling a “for cause” Food Safety Assessment (FSA) performed with Intensified Verification Testing (IVT). The notice states that an IVT FSA will be performed in response to positive food contact surface and product tests from routine Risk Based Listeria monocytogenes (RLm) testing. In addition, it provides instructions for performing an IVT and “for cause” FSA in response to a ready-to-eat (RTE) product positive for Salmonella.

To view this s notice, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/oppde/rdad/FSISNotices/64-09.pdf

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