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FSIS Issues Directive on Verification of Less Than Daily Sanitation Procedures

Friday, October 23, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS or the agency) has issued Directive 5000.5, “Verification of Less Than Daily (LTD) Sanitation Procedures.” 

The directive provides inspection program personnel (IPP) with instructions on how to verify compliance with the sanitation regulations in establishments that conduct complete cleaning less than once per day.  The directive reiterates “that establishments clean as often as necessary to maintain sanitary conditions and to prevent direct contamination or adulteration of product.”  Thus, establishments are permitted to conduct complete cleaning less than every 24 hours if appropriate. 

The directive includes the following key points.

·        FSIS recognizes these types of procedures are prerequisite programs, as described in Federal Register

·        IPP are to evaluate the less than daily sanitation procedures using 9 CFR 416 and 417 because sanitation procedures of this type are the foundation of food safety systems.

·        Establishments are not required to submit their procedures to FSIS for prior review or approval to implement a less than daily cleaning program in their facility.

·        Establishments may conduct a complete cleaning at frequencies other than daily.

·        Sanitation procedures are to be incorporated into the establishment’s food safety system (e.g., HACCP system or Sanitation SOP or other prerequisite program) when performed other than daily.

·        An establishment conducting sanitation at a less than daily frequency is responsible for meeting all of the regulatory requirements regarding sanitation, specifically 9 CFR 416.1 through 416.16, including having records that demonstrate the effectiveness of its program.

·        IPP are provided guidance as to when to perform 01B02 vs. 01C02 in establishments that conduct sanitation on a less than daily basis.

To view this directive, go to  http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISDirectives/5000.5.pdf

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