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Increased Import Sampling for Meat and Poultry

Tuesday, April 02, 2013
By Shawn McCausland
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection has issued a notice stating that it will schedule increased species sampling for both raw and ready-to-eat product from Iceland, Ireland, Poland, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland via the Public Health Information System. In addition, irrespective of country of origin, FSIS will conduct species testing on any imported beef manufacturing trimmings or other raw ground beef or veal components and raw ground beef or veal samples that FSIS collects and submits for shiga-toxin producing E. coli analyses. The FSIS notice provides instructions to import inspection personnel on how to conduct the increased species sampling and testing.

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