FSIS reissues <i>E.coli</i> sampling procedures

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Wednesday, June 10, 2009

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a new notice (Notice 44-09), which cancels FSIS Notice 18-09 and reissues its content to include provisions for an establishment to request that more than two samples be taken by inspection programme personnel (IPP) in one day. This reissued notice also clarifies that any establishment may have written procedures to grind a minimum batch of product that represents the entire lot in a smaller grinder.



New sampling rates will remain the same and are as follows:


  • Up to four times within a calendar month for establishments with ground beef product production volumes of greater than 250,000 lbs/day;

  • Up to three times within a calendar month for establishments with ground beef product production volumes of 50,000 to 250,000 lbs/day;

  • Up to two times within a calendar month (see block four of FSIS form 10,210-3) for establishments with ground beef product production volumes of 1,000 to 50,000 lbs/day;

  • Generally, no more than once within a calendar month (see block 4 of FSIS form 10,210-3) for establishments with ground beef product production volumes of less than 1,000 lbs/day
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