Food Safety and Inspection Service is providing new guidance to inspection
program personnel on collecting samples of beef manufacturing trimmings and
other raw ground beef and patty components for E. coli O157:H7 testing.
Currently, FSIS personnel are not to send samples to a laboratory until the
establishment has completed pre-shipment review for the sampled lot.
Under this notice, however, inspection program personnel are instructed not
to wait, and instead submit the raw beef sample to the laboratory after the
establishment has completed all interventions, except for any intervention
that is based on microbiological test results. Consequently, FSIS, in many
cases, will be collecting and submitting samples to the laboratory before the
establishment completes pre-shipment review.