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FSIS Delays Implementation of Verification of Revised Appendix A and B

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is providing establishments that use the 1999 versions of Appendix A and B as scientific support for lethality and stabilization procedures one year to review the revised lethality and stabilization guidance issued in 2017 and determine whether they need to gather new support or make changes to their Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points system. Establishments are then required to validate additional support or changes made to follow the new guidelines over 90 calendar days. FSIS made changes to the 1999 versions of Appendix A and Appendix B to clarify the agency’s cooking and cooling recommendations in response to commonly asked questions and more current scientific information. Establishments may choose to adopt different procedures than those outlined in the revised Appendix A and Appendix B guidelines, but they are required to document the effectiveness of those procedures.

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