US - USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service's (FSIS) Strategic Performance Working Group (SPWG) has put forward new proposals to reduce the number of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli (STEC) cases.
The move follows findings that the number of illnesses from E. coli O157:H7 has either plateaued or increased in the past 18 months.
FSIS recommends improving training for in-plant personnel regarding when and how to document sanitary dressing deficiencies.
The food safety authority also calls for incorporating photographs in training to illustrate instructions on identifying deficiencies and best practices for sanitary dressing.
FSIS is also revising its compliance guide with information on common mistakes in sanitary dressing, as well as offering guidance on how establishments can meet sanitary dressing requirements.
And it is improving ways that in-plant personnel verify an establishment's control of its sanitary dressing procedures.
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