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11 AGOSTO 2017

22:31 - Stati Uniti

USA: HOW TO AVOID USDA IMPORT REFUSALS WITH PREPARATION

(ICE) - ROMA, 11 AGO -

Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor

 

After the reporting of a Brazilian meat scandal hit the news earlier this year, USDA’s FSIS made the following announcement on March 22:

“While none of the slaughter or processing facilities implicated in the Brazilian scandal have shipped meat products to the US, FSIS immediately instituted additional pathogen testing of all shipments of raw beef and RTE products from Brazil upon hearing reports of the Brazilian investigation.”

FSIS also stated that it would indefinitely maintain its 100 percent re-inspection and pathogen testing for all lots of FSIS-regulated products from Brazil.

FSIS re-inspection and pathogen testing includes 100 percent point-of-entry inspection, including product examination of all lots. Re-inspection consists of testing all beef trimmings for Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7 and non-O157 Shiga-toxin producing E. coli (STEC). Testing of RTE products focuses on Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

Apparently, the Brazilian meat producers haven’t cleaned up their act. On June 22, FSIS noted that since March, FSIS has been inspecting 100 percent of all meat products arriving in the US from Brazil. Due to public health concerns, sanitary conditions and animal health issues, FSIS refused entry to 11 percent of Brazilian beef products. Compared to the rejection rate (just 1 percent) of shipments from the rest of the world, this rejection rate was too high. Therefore, FSIS has halted imports of fresh Brazilian beef. Since implementation of the increased inspection, FSIS has refused entry to 106 lots totaling 1.9 million pounds of Brazilian beef products.

According to FSIS, the Brazilian government has pledged to address the concerns noted above, including self-suspending five facilities from shipping beef to the US. The FSIS June action to suspend all fresh beef shipments from Brazil supersedes the self-suspension.


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To read the full article click on the following link: http://www.foodengineeringmag.com/articles/96833-how-to-avoid-usda-import-refusals-with-preparation
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