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FSIS Issues Notices on RLm Sampling Procedures

Thursday, December 29, 2011

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued Notice 79-11: Compositing of Environmental Samples Collected During Routine Listeria monocytogenes (RLm) Sampling. This notice reissues the content of FSIS Notice 59-10, which expired on November 1, 2011.

The notice provides instructions to Enforcement, Investigations and Analysis Officers (EIAOs) about  collecting environmental (non-food contact) samples during routine risk-based RLm sampling, and instructions on how to complete FSIS Form 10,210-3.

In addition, this notice informs EIAOs that FSIS  has changed the project identification code for environmental samples from RLMENVR to RLMENVC to denote that the samples are composited at the laboratory. Clarifications have also been made to the environmental site examples and the number of swabs collected at each site (Section III, Sample Collection).

To view this notice, go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/79-11.pdf.

FSIS has also issued Notice 78-11: FSIS Actions in Establishments that Temporarily Alter Routine Practices During Routine Risk-Based RLm Sampling or Intensified Verification Testing (IVT).

FSIS has determined that some establishments may temporarily alter their routine practices during RLm Sampling or Intensified Verification Testing (IVT). By altering routine practices, establishments may make changes that are not consistent with their documented food-safety system and that impede FSIS’s ability to assess the safety of the product. This notice provides instructions to EIAOs in performing RLm and IVT sampling in establishments that temporarily alter their routine practices in response to notification of FSIS sampling.

To view this notice, go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/78-11.pdf.

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