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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 180 / Tuesday, September 16, 2008 / Notices Rainbow Agar, and reacts specifically with O157 antiserum. • Confirmed Positive—a biochemically-identified Escherichia coli isolate that is serologically or genetically determined to be ‘‘O157’’ that meets at least one of the following criteria: (1) Positive for Shiga toxin (ST) production (2) Positive for the Shiga toxin gene (stx) (3) Genetically determined to be ‘‘H7’’ If an FSIS laboratory’s confirmatory test results are insufficient to allow identification of E. coli O157:H7, then the isolate is transferred to the Outbreaks Section of the Eastern Laboratory Microbiology Branch (OSEL), or to an FSIS reference laboratory, for further testing prior to issuance of a report of the test results. State Programs and Foreign Government Programs States that have their own meat inspection programs for meat products produced and transported solely within the State are required to have mandatory ante mortem and post mortem inspection, reinspection, and sanitation requirements that are at least equal to those in the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 661(a)(1)). Therefore, these States’ sampling procedures and testing methods for E. coli O157:H7 in raw beef products must be at least as sensitive as FSIS’ procedures and testing methods for E. coli O157:H7. Foreign countries that are eligible to export meat products to the United States must apply inspection, sanitary, and other standards that are equivalent to those that FSIS applies to those products (21 U.S.C. 620). Thus, in evaluating a foreign country’s meat inspection system to determine the country’s eligibility to export products to the United States, FSIS considers whether the testing methods and procedures for E. coli O157:H7 that the country applies are equivalent to those that FSIS uses. ebenthall on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES Establishment Testing or Testing on Behalf of Establishments (Non-FSIS Laboratories) As discussed above, FSIS will use genetic testing to determine ‘‘O157’’ and ‘‘H7’’ identity in circumstances where atypical serology or other reactions are encountered. The genetic testing now used by FSIS laboratories for identification of certain strains of E. coli O157:H7 detected in FSIS laboratories may pose some difficulties for non-FSIS laboratories. Some non-FSIS laboratories may not be able to conduct genetic analyses because they do not VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:43 Sep 15, 2008 Jkt 214001 have the necessary resources. Moreover, the improper application of a less robust or inadequately validated genetic test by a laboratory might lead to a false negative or other misleading results. FSIS believes that alternative criteria for confirmatory identification of E. coli O157:H7 or E. coli O157:H7-like bacteria may be appropriate if it is equivalent to the criteria used by FSIS. To be regarded as equivalent to the FSIS criteria, a test would have to detect all hypothetical E. coli O157:H7 strains, typical or variant, that would be identified using FSIS’ confirmatory testing procedures and criteria. For establishment testing or testing on behalf of an establishment, FSIS recognizes that other criteria, while not used specifically by FSIS for identification of E. coli O157:H7, may be a significant and expedient indicator of the presence of E. coli O157:H7 in products. Such tests might be applied as rapid screening procedures to expedite analyses. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


The Manufacturing Council: Meeting

AGENCY: International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of 
Commerce.

ACTION: Supplemental Notice of a Meeting.

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SUMMARY: The Manufacturing Council will hold a meeting to deliberate 
for approval a draft letter of recommendation on Sustainable 
Manufacturing metrics.

DATES: September 23, 2008.

Time: 4 p.m. (EDT).

ADDRESSES: Louise Slaughter Building Conference Room 2120, Rochester 
Institute of Technology, Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies, 
111 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: The Manufacturing Council Executive 
Secretariat, Room 4043, Washington, DC 20230 (Phone: 202-482-1369), or 
visit the Council's Web site at http://www.manufacturing.gov/council.

    Dated: September 11, 2008.
Kate Sigler,
Executive Secretary, The Manufacturing Council.
[FR Doc. E8-21572 Filed 9-11-08; 4:15 pm]
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