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FSIS Instructs Personnel to Record Supplier Information at Time of Sample Collection for E. coli O157:H7

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued Notice 58-10: Collecting Supplier Information at the Time of Sample Collection for E. coli O157:H7. This notice instructs  Inspection Program Personnel (IPP) to record information on the source materials and on the suppliers at the time they sample ground beef or bench trim for E. coli O157:H7 and no longer to wait for a positive test result before they gather supplier information.

The instructions in this notice supersede the instructions in FSIS Directive 10,010.1, Chapter III, Section I, 1., b., and Section II, 1. and 2.

This new instruction applies to FSIS sampling programs for raw ground beef (MT43) or bench trim (MT55) or any follow–up sampling to these programs (MT44, MT52, or MT53).

IPP are to document this information in a memorandum of interview (MOI) and are to maintain the MOI in the official file. If the sample is reported as presumptive positive, IPP are to provide a copy of the MOI to the establishment and notify them of the presumptive positive. They are also to make note of any information that the establishment is unable to provide.

To view this notice, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/58-10.pdf

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