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FSIS Reissues Notice on Compositing of Environmental Samples During an Risk-Based Listeria Sampling

Thursday, October 14, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued Notice 59-10 Compositing of Environmental Samples Collected During Routine Risk-Based Listeria monocytogenes (RLm) Sampling.

This notice reissues the content of FSIS Notice 62-09 that provided collection instructions to Enforcement, Investigations and Analysis Officers (EIAOs) for environmental (non-food contact) samples during an RLm. Instructions for the completion of FSIS Form 10, 210-3 are also provided.

The methodology for collecting the RLm environmental samples at the official establishment has not changed — 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.

FSIS will conduct RLM sampling at the time of Food Safety Assessments (FSA).

To view this notice, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/59-10.pdf

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