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FSIS Issues Instructions for Sampling of Raw Beef Product Intended for National School Lunch Program

Thursday, March 22, 2012

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued FSIS Notice 22-12: Sampling of Raw Beef Product Intended for the National School Lunch Program. This notice provides instructions to inspection program personnel (IPP) on collecting raw beef product samples when establishments produce product intended for the NLSP.

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is responsible for testing product under the NSLP. To verify that establishments adequately address Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7, IPP are to collect samples at establishments that produce raw beef product for the NSLP, even if the establishment collects a sample to be tested for the AMS program. In addition, IPP are to collect follow-up samples when either an FSIS sample or a sample collected by the establishment for AMS testing is positive for E. coli O157:H7.

When an establishment produces only raw non-intact beef or raw intact beef intended for non-intact use for the NSLP, IPP are to collect routine verification samples for E. coli O157:H7 when they receive the sample request in their task bar, even if the establishment is collecting a sample from the same production lot for AMS testing for the NSLP.

To view the full notice, go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/22-12.pdf.


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