Backgrounder on role of n-60 sampling programme

by Editor
Monday, December 28, 2009

In an effort to clarify the role of microbiological testing in ground beef safety, the AMI Foundation has released a backgrounder on the role of N-60 sampling programmes that is commonly used by the beef industry to sample raw beef components that are used to make ground beef.

The backgrounder explains the term “N-60,” describes the methods involved in this sampling programme and provides information on what such testing can and cannot accomplish in regards to ground beef safety.

The backgrounder explains how industry-wide N-60 sampling programmes have improved beef safety by providing feedback to plant operators that is used to continually improve food safety systems and it describes why all microbial sampling programmes have limitations and that testing alone cannot guarantee that food is safe.