FSIS to begin routine sampling in June for six Shiga toxin-producing strains of E. coli in raw beef trimmings

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service today confirmed it will begin “implementing routine verification sampling for six Shiga toxin-producing E. coli” strains in raw beef manufacturing trimmings on June 4.

In addition to E. coli O157:H7, the new sampling measures will look for the O26, O45, O103, O111, O121 and O145 strains of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STECs).

In the a document posted on its website, FSIS said it would not consider raw, non-intact beef products that have the targeted STECs as adulterated until June 4. Under the new measures, the pathogens will be considered adulterants, meaning they are considered unfit for human consumption. FSIS will not consider a product adulterated until initial findings are confirmed, according to the document.

FSIS originally planned to begin implementation in March. The date later was moved to June in response to public and industry comments, according to the document.

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