USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a draft guidance on the use of labels bearing
an FSIS-approved N-60 E. coli O157:H7 testing claim.
Such special label claims are voluntary. An establishment may use them when
it demonstrates such E. coli O157:H7 testing claims are truthful and not
misleading. FSIS needs to approve the claims before the establishment can use
them on labeling.
In order to provide receiving establishments with information about the HACCP
system and testing done at a supplier establishment, the Labeling and Program
Delivery Division has developed a N-60 testing claim
guidance. This labeling claim is intended to provide the receiving
establishment with this information in lieu of Certificates of Analysis that
may not properly transfer with product through distributors. It asserts that
the raw beef component has been produced under an integrated control program
between the slaughter/dressing operation and the trim production operation
and tested for the presence of E. coli O157:H7 using a particular sample
method (for example, N-60 sampling). Labels bearing this claim would not be
approved for products sold at retail or directly to consumers.