FSIS to Change Salmonella Verification Sampling Programme29 August 2013
US – The US Food Safety and Inspection Service is to change its procedures for the Salmonella verification sampling programme of raw beef products.
FSIS will begin analysing all raw beef samples for Salmonella that it collects for Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) analysis.
The agency will discontinue current Salmonella sampling set procedures in ground beef products, except in establishments with results that exceeded the standard for Salmonella in that establishment’s most recently completed sample set.
FSIS said it intends to use the results from its verification sampling programme to develop new Salmonella performance standards for ground beef and to estimate Salmonella prevalence in raw ground beef and beef manufacturing trimmings products.
Comments on the proposed rule are due by 27September.
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