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AMI Files Comments in Support New FSIS Test and Hold Procedures

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

(American Meat Institute)

AMI reiterated its support for controlling sampled product in comments submitted in response to Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Docket No. 2005-0044: Not Applying the Mark of Inspection Pending Certain Test Results, which announced FSIS’ intention to withhold a determination as to whether meat and poultry products are eligible to enter commerce until all test results that bear on the determination have been received.

“AMI has long advocated as a ‘best practice’ that establishments retain control of sampled product to avoid a recall in the event the test result is positive for an adulterant,” the comments stated.

In September 2005, AMI, along with several other organizations and with assistance of and encouragement from FSIS, mailed to every small and very small federally inspected establishment a best practices document encouraging them to adopt a policy to control tested product until the results are known.  In addition, AMI requested, on two separate occasions, that the agency adopt a policy that is largely consistent with the concepts articulated in the published notice.

Given AMI’s past actions and long-standing policy, AMI stated that it supports the concepts articulated in the notice, with the following clarifications:

To view the comments and attached documents in their entirety, go to http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/70773.

To view the FSIS notice, go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FRPubs/2005-0044.pdf.

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