FSIS Issues New Sampling Code for E. coli Testing in
Source of Article:http://www.foodproductdesign.com/hotnews/fsis-issues-new-sampling-code-for-ground-beef.html
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
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