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FSIS Issues Instructions for Carcass Selection for National Residue Program

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued FSIS Notice 40:11: Instructions for Carcass Selection for the National Residue Program Scheduled Samples.


When Inspection Program Personnel (IPP) are directed to take a scheduled sample for residue surveillance, they are to select from all animals that have passed ante-mortem inspection, without regard to whether the animal may or may not pass post-mortem inspection.  Specifically, IPP are to randomly select carcasses at the kill floor stage.  FSIS stated that this change is necessary to ensure the National Residue Program includes the broadest range of animals.


IPP are to continue to follow the procedures for sample collection and testing in FSIS Directive 10,800.1, Chapter 4, “Procedures For Residue Sampling, Testing, And Other Responsibilities For The National Residue Program” (http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISDirectives/10800.1.pdf).


To view this notice, go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/40-11.pdf.

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