E. Coli Sampling Becomes Routine in the USA

US - The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a notice to begin routine sampling of raw ground beef components.
calendar icon 10 November 2008
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The notice informs programme personnel that they are to begin routine sampling of raw ground beef components (including raw beef patty components) other than trimmings for E. coli O157:H7 when they receive a sample request form (FSIS Form 10,210-3) with the MT54 project code.

According to the American Meat Institute the agency personnel are to collect samples from slaughter establishments. When the automated import information system (AIIS) requests a sample of beef manufacturing trimmings or other specified raw ground beef component for E. coli O157:H7 testing, import personnel are to sample the product identified in AIIS, using the MT51 code on the sampling request form. This product is adulterated if it tests positive for E. coli O157:H7.

This notice is being issued as part of FSIS’ risk-based sampling program for E. coli O157:H7. FSIS inspection program personnel already conduct routine sampling of beef manufacturing trimmings under FSIS Notice 18-07.

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