The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has revised its Listeria guideline for RTE meat and poultry products.
The revised compliance guideline, "Controlling Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in Post-lethality Exposed Ready-to-Eat (RTE) Meat and Poultry Products," replaces previous versions of the guidance, which was last updated in 2006.
The revision increases the number of product samples collected by the agency under its routine risk-based Lm (RLm) sampling program and its intensified verification testing protocol to five from three samples per sampling unit.
In addition, FSIS laboratories will now composite the five 25-gram product samples from the RLm sampling program, which will increase the sample size of the analyzed test portion to 125 grams from 25 grams, designed to make the sampling program more consistent with international practices.
FSIS made revisions to the guideline based on the most up-to-date science available as well as an analysis of “ask FSIS” questions and information from Food Safety Assessments (FSAs).
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