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FSIS Extends Comment Period for STEC Economic Analysis

13 January 2015

US - The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has extended the deadline for organisations to comment on its economic analysis of its e.coli testing programme for beef products.

FSIS has drawn up an analysis of the estimated costs and benefits associated with the implementation of its non-O157 Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli (STEC) testing of beef manufacturing trimmings and the potential expansion of its non-O157 STEC testing to ground beef and ground beef components other than beef manufacturing trimmings.

FSIS initially set a deadline of 20 January to receive all public comments.

Following a request from the North American Meat Institute – the amalgamation of the North American Meat Processors Association and the American Meat Institute - the new deadline to submit comments has been set for 19 February.

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