FSIS Reissues Notice on Analysis for Salmonella of All Imported Beef Products Sampled for STEC E. Coli
Raw beef and veal samples, including import samples, collected for Shiga Toxin-Producing E. Coli (STEC) analysis will also be analyzed for Salmonella. The Salmonella analysis result is non-regulatory, and if positive, the product is not to be refused entry. The notice contains instructions for notifying the importer of record (IOR) when a sample tests positive for Salmonella but is negative for STECs.
USDA Publishes NPRM on Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees
The current regulation requires Office of General Counsel attorneys to obtain written approval before engaging in the outside practice of law. To more fully address ethical issues unique to OGC attorneys, the proposed revision retains this prior approval requirement and imposes additional restrictions on the outside practice of law, subject to certain exceptions.
Importation of Poultry Products from China Approved
FSIS has approved the importation of fully cooked chicken products from China. The final rule is here.
FSIS Update on Retail Deli Compliance with Lm Guidelines
As of the fourth quarter in FY 2019, FSIS has exceeded its target with 71% of the 1,314 assessed retail delis following all eight of the most important recommendations, over the previous 12 months (target 62%).
Retailers can ask questions regarding the Lm deli pilot project through askFSIS or by telephone at 1-800-233-3935. When submitting a question, retailers should use the “Submit a Question tab” and enter “Retail Lm” in the subject field, select “General Inspection Policy” for the product, “Sampling” for the category, and “Domestic (U.S.) Only” for the policy arena.
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