US: New FSIS notice changes rules for E. coli sampling
Posted: June 3rd, 2009 - 12:55pm
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service on Monday issued a new notice (Notice 44-09) that increases the frequency with which raw ground beef may be tested for E. coli O157:H7, especially at larger facilities.
FSIS is increasing sampling at high-volume ground beef establishments because these establishments produce product that is most widely consumed. The increase in sampling will allow the agency to estimate the amount of uncontaminated raw ground beef with a higher degree of certainty.
The new notice also clarifies that any establishment may have written procedures to grind a minimum batch of product that represents the entire lot in a smaller grinder.
Notice 44-09 cancels and reissues the content of Notice 18-09.