Ground Beef Safety

US - In an effort to clarify the role of microbiological testing in ground beef safety, the American Meat Institute Foundation has released a backgrounder on the role of N-60 sampling programmes that are commonly used by the beef industry to sample raw beef components that are used to make ground beef.
calendar icon 17 December 2009
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The backgrounder explains the term “N-60,” describes the methods involved in this sampling programme and provides information on what such testing can and cannot accomplish in regards to ground beef safety.

The backgrounder explains how industry-wide N-60 sampling programmes have improved beef safety by providing feedback to plant operators that is used to continually improve food safety systems and it describes why all microbial sampling programmes have limitations and that testing alone cannot guarantee that food is safe.

To view a copy of the document in its entirety, click here.

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