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FSIS to Extend Implementation Date on Testing Program for Non-O157:H7

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced that it is extending for 90 days the implementation date for sampling of six additional STEC serogroups (O26, O45, O103, O111, O121 and O145).

FSIS stated that the purpose of the extension is to provide additional time for establishments to validate their test methods and detect these pathogens prior to entering the stream of commerce.

In a statement, AMI Executive Vice President Jim Hodges commended FSIS for the delay, but argued that research should proceed public policy.

“Even with a 90 day delay, imposing this new regulatory program in June puts the cart before the horse and will needlessly cost tens of millions of federal and industry dollars – costs that likely will be borne by taxpayers and consumers.  In short, the policy is not likely to yield a significant public health benefit and given that research should precede and dictate the policy, the process that FSIS has followed in this matter is no way to develop good public policy.”

To view the FSIS update click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Const_Update_020812/index.asp


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