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FSIS Announces June 4 As New Implementation Date for Non-O157:H7 Testing

Thursday, February 16, 2012

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced June 4 as the new implementation date for sampling of six additional STEC serogroups (O26, O45, O103, O111, O121 and O145).


Accordingly, beginning the week of June 4, 2012, rather than on March 5, FSIS will begin scheduling verification tasks for non-O157 STEC in raw beef manufacturing trimmings. FSIS will collect excision (N60) samples for testing raw beef manufacturing trimmings derived from cattle slaughtered on or after June 4, 2012, for O157:H7 plus O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, and O145.


For production lots of raw beef manufacturing trimmings not accompanied by documentation showing the date of slaughter of the cattle from which the beef was derived, FSIS will sample the production lot only for O157-STEC. FSIS will also only sample for O157-STEC in production lots that contain mixtures of raw beef manufacturing trimmings derived from cattle slaughtered before and after June 4, 2012.


FSIS also noted that it has contacted foreign governments already approved for the export of raw beef to the United States and informed them that FSIS  would make a limited amount of reagents used in the FSIS laboratory method for non-O157 STECs available to a foreign government if that government wanted to conduct a comparative analysis of its method and methods used with test kits assessed by FSIS. Although these comparative analyses are not a necessary precondition for FSIS to begin verification testing of raw beef manufacturing trimmings on June 4, 2012, FSIS believes that the results of such comparative analyses could be useful.


 To view the advance copy of the FSIS announcement submitted to the Office of Federal Register, go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FRPubs/2010-0023N.pdf.

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