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FSIS Issues Instructions On Randomly Selecting Beef Trim Under MT50 Sampling Program

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued Notice 21-12: Randomly Selecting Beef Trim to Be Collected Under the Beef Manufacturing Trimmings (MT50) Sampling Program.

This notice provides inspection program personnel (IPP) with instructions on how to randomly select beef manufacturing trimmings for collection under the beef manufacturing trimmings MT50 project code. In addition, when the establishment produces multiple types of these trimmings, this notice instructs IPP to ensure that they collect all such types of beef manufacturing trimmings over time.

This notice also specifies that product that is intended for exposure to the anhydrous ammonia antimicrobial treatment (to be ammoniated) is subject to FSIS sampling at the slaughter establishment before it is sent elsewhere to be ammoniated.

For a given sampling event, IPP are to collect only one type of trim (i.e., IPP are not to combine samples from two piece chucks with source materials designated for anhydrous ammonia treatment). The intent is that, through random selection, all products that fall under the beef manufacturing trim sampling program will likely be selected over time. Therefore, IPP are not to collect bits and pieces from different types of trim.

Some establishments may transfer trim to another establishment that is in the same building as the slaughter establishment or is separated from the slaughter facility by only a wall. IPP are to sample this trim at the slaughter establishment, just as if an establishment would send this product to a more distant location.

To view this notice, go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/21-12.pdf/


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