FSIS Issues New Sampling Code for E. coli Testing in Ground Beef

Source of Article:  http://www.foodproductdesign.com/hotnews/fsis-issues-new-sampling-code-for-ground-beef.html

01/07/2009

 

WASHINGTON—The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) initiated an enhanced risk-based sampling and testing program for E. coli O157:H7 in raw ground beef on Jan. 1, 2009. The new 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.

Under the new program, designated as MT43, inspection program personnel can expect to collect a minimum of four samples and up to 24 samples annually. The MT43 program is independent of the MT44 follow-up testing, which results from an establishment being implicated in an E. coli O157:H7-positive production lot.

Sample request forms for raw ground beef that FSIS will test for E. coli O157:H7 will have the MT43 code. These sample results will be posted in LEARN using the new MT43 code. Inspection program personnel are to continue to submit raw ground beef samples for any MT03 sample request forms that have an open sample collection period.

There are no changes to existing sample collection and shipping instructions.

Sources:

·                                 FSIS: NEW SAMPLING CODE FOR Escherichia coli O157:H7 TESTING IN RAW GROUND BEEF

 

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