FSIS issues draft guidance for N-60 E. coli testing claims

 

By Ann Bagel Storck on 10/17/2008

 

Source of Article: www.meatingplace.com

 

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a draft guidance on the use of labels bearing an FSIS-approved N-60 E. coli O157:H7 testing claim.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.

FSIS is providing these draft compliance guides for review and comment. Submit comments to FSISGuidanceDocumentComments@fsis.usda.gov. Comments will be accepted until Nov. 17.

 

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