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FSIS to Host Teleconference on "Hold and Test" of Imported Meat Products

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

(American Meat Institute)

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) Office of Policy and Program Development will hold a teleconference to discuss the new FSIS policy requiring producers to hold shipments of non-intact raw beef, intact raw beef products intended for non-intact use and all ready-to-eat products containing meat and poultry until they pass agency testing for foodborne adulterants.  

While the mark of inspection may continue to be applied, the importer of record must maintain ownership and not allow the product to enter commerce until negative results are received. FSIS will test for Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella and anticipates most negative test results will be determined within two days.

The teleconference will be held Feb. 7 from 2-3 p.m. (EST). The call-in number is (888) 858-2144 and the participant pass code is 5277207. Callers will be permitted to ask questions at the end of the call. For more information, contact Kurt Krusekopf at (979) 862-4381 or kurt.krusekopf@fsis.usda.gov

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