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FSIS Reissues Notice on 'For Cause' FSAs in Response to RTE Results

Thursday, October 14, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued Notice 60:10 Intensified Verification Testing and “For Cause” Food Safety Assessments in Response to Ready-to-Eat Testing Results.

This notice reissues the content of FSIS Notice 70-09 and provides information for scheduling a “for cause” Food Safety Assessment (FSA) performed with Intensified Verification Testing (IVT). It also clarifies the conditions that trigger scheduling a “for cause” IVT FSA.

A “for cause” FSA is performed when, as stated in Directive 5100.4, the FSIS RTE product sample tests positive for E. coli O157:H7, Lm, or Salmonella (ALLRTE or RTE001), or a food contact surface or product sample tests positive for Lm during an RLm.

The District Case Specialist (DCS) is to schedule an IVT FSA within 30 days of receiving notification from the Office of Data Integration and Food Protection (ODIFP) Data Analysis and Integration Group (DAIG).

To view this notice, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/60-10.pdf

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