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FSIS Issues Salmonella and E. coli Sampling Notice for Low Volume Establishments

Friday, February 8, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued Notice 12-08 providing direction to agency personnel on how to submit samples for Salmonella and E. coli O157:H7 testing for establishments producing low volumes of raw ground beef.

Beginning January 1, 2008, FSIS initiated an enhanced risk-based sampling and testing program for E. coli O157:H7 in raw ground beef.  The new risk-based sampling program takes into account establishment volume and whether the establishment has had any FSIS or Agriculture Marketing Service positive results within the past 120 days.  

The notice also provides that FSIS will begin random sampling and testing for Salmonella at establishments that produces less than 1000 pounds of raw ground beef products in a typical day’s production.

To view this notice in its entirety, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/12-08.pdf

For more information on the new sampling program, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/86-07.pdf

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