FSIS Delays Implementation of Revised Appendix A & B

This notice was published today to Inspection Personnel and State Inspection programs. This is what AAMP met with FSIS about in Washington, D.C. and they have honored our request. This now gives us time to continue our conversations with them about the validity of the revised documents and hopefully get some changes made to it.


UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE (FSIS)
Washington, D.C.
FSIS NOTICE: 17-18 (03/22/18)
DISTRIBUTION: Electronic
NOTICE EXPIRES: 4/1/19 OPI: OPPD

DELAYED IMPLEMENTATION OF VERIFICATION OF REVISED APPENDIX A AND B

I. PURPOSE

This notice informs inspection program personnel (IPP) and Enforcement, Investigation, and Analysis Officers (EIAOs) that FSIS is providing establishments that use the 1999 versions of FSIS Appendix A and B as scientific support for lethality and stabilization procedures one year from the date of this issuance to review the revised lethality and stabilization guidance issued in 2017 and determine whether additional documentation or changes are needed to support their process (9 CFR 417.5(a)(1)), and to then validate any changes made to follow the new guidelines or additional support over 90 calendar days (9 CFR 417.4(a)(1)).

II. BACKGROUND

A.  In 2017, FSIS issued revised versions of Appendix A and Appendix B:

  1. FSIS Salmonella Compliance Guidelines for Small and Very Small Meat and Poultry Establishments that Produce RTE Products and Revised Appendix A.
  2. FSIS Compliance Guideline for Stabilization (Cooling and Hot-Holding) of Fully and Partially Heat-Treated RTE and NRTE Meat and Poultry Products Produced by Small and Very Small Establishments and Revised Appendix B.

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