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FSIS Issues Notice on Verification of Antimicrobial Intervention Coverage of Carcass or Product at Veal Slaughter and Beef Fabrication Establishments

Monday, March 5, 2012

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS or the agency) has issued Notice 17-12, Verification of Antimicrobial Intervention Coverage of Carcass or Product at Veal Slaughter and Beef Fabrication Establishments.

According to the notice, the percent positive for E. coli O157:H7 from ground beef and raw ground beef components produced from veal appears to be higher than ground beef and raw ground beef components produced from other cattle slaughter classes.  Because of these purported failures, the notice directs inspectors at the next weekly meeting with plant management at veal slaughter and beef fabrication facilities to inform management that inspectors will be "reviewing the establishment's antimicrobial intervention control measures ... and observing the establishment implementing its antimicrobial interventions."

Inspectors are directed to take these actions not sooner than one week following the date of above-referenced meeting but within 30 days of that meeting.

The inspectors also are instructed to perform a directed HACCP Implementation Procedure (HIP) pursuant to FSIS PHIS Directive 5000.1, Verifying an Establishment's Food Safety System.  The HIP also should occur not sooner than one week following the meeting and not later than 30 days afterward.

The notice can be found at  http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/17-12.pdf.

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