Availability of FSIS Salmonella Compliance Guidelines for Small and Very Small Meat and Poultry Establishments That Produce Ready-to-Eat Products, 58089-58091 [2012-23080]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 182 / Wednesday, September 19, 2012 / Notices Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profit. Number of Respondents: 140. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion. Total Burden Hours: 630. Title: Importation of Papaya from Colombia and Ecuador. OMB Control Number: 0579–0358. Summary of Collection: Under the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.), the Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to carry out operations or measures to detect, eradicate, suppress, control, prevent, or retard the spread of plant pests new to the United States or not known to be widely distributed throughout the United States. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) amended the regulations to allow, under certain condition, the importation of commercial shipments of fresh papaya from Colombia and Ecuador in the continental United States. Need and Use of the Information: APHIS requires that all consignments of papaya from Colombia and Ecuador would have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate by the National Plant Protection Organization of the exporting country stating that the papayas were grown, packed, and shipped in accordance with the proposed requirements. Description of Respondents: Federal Government. Number of Respondents: 3. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion. Total Burden Hours: 151. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–23000 Filed 9–18–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES September 13, 2012. The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13. Comments regarding (a) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:20 Sep 18, 2012 Jkt 226001 ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), OIRA_Submission@OMB.EOP.GOV or fax (202) 395–5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250– 7602. 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Number of Respondents: 3,574. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Annually. Total Burden Hours: 2,383. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–23016 Filed 9–18–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2012–0024] Availability of FSIS Salmonella Compliance Guidelines for Small and Very Small Meat and Poultry Establishments That Produce Readyto-Eat Products Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the availability of a revised compliance guide for small and very small meat and poultry establishments on the safe production of ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products with respect to Salmonella and other pathogens. FSIS has posted this compliance guide on its Significant Guidance Documents Web page (http://www.fsis.usda.gov/ Significant_Guidance/index.asp). FSIS encourages small and very small meat and poultry establishments that manufacture these products to avail themselves of this guidance document. DATES: Effective date: September 19, 2012. SUMMARY: A downloadable version of the revised compliance guide is available to view and print at http:// www.fsis.usda.gov/ ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\19SEN1.SGM 19SEN1 58090 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 182 / Wednesday, September 19, 2012 / Notices Significant_Guidance/index.asp). No hard copies of the compliance guide have been published. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristina Barlow, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Mailstop 3782, Washington, DC 20250; email: kristina.barlow@fsis.usda.gov; or phone: (202) 690–7739. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background In April, 2011, FSIS announced the availability of a compliance guideline for small and very small meat and poultry establishments on the safe production of RTE products (76 FR 22667). FSIS also solicited comments on the guidance at that time. In response to comments received, FSIS has updated the guidance document to provide more options for achieving lethality in RTE meat and poultry products and to clarify issues. FSIS has also added an appendix to the document. The ‘‘FSIS Salmonella Compliance Guidelines for Small and Very Small Meat and Poultry Establishments that Produce Ready-to-Eat Products’’ provides meat and poultry establishments that manufacture RTE meat and poultry products with information on regulatory requirements associated with the safe production of these products particularly with respect to Salmonella and other pathogens. This document also provides information about the processing and safe handling of RTE products after the lethality step, so that they are not contaminated with pathogens such as Salmonella or Listeria monocytogenes (Lm). Though Agency guidance documents are recommendations rather than regulatory requirements and are revised as new information becomes available, FSIS encourages meat and poultry establishments to follow this guidance. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES II. Comments and Responses FSIS received two comment letters in response to the Salmonella Compliance Guidelines for Small and Very Small Meat and Poultry Establishments that Produce RTE Products (RTE Salmonella guidelines). Both letters were from national trade associations representing the interests of primarily small and very small meat packers and processors. Following is a discussion of these comments and FSIS’s responses. A. Agency Focus on Small and Very Small Establishments Comment: Both commenters questioned why the RTE Salmonella VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:20 Sep 18, 2012 Jkt 226001 guidelines focused on small and very small establishments. According to one commenter, small and very small meat processors in the U.S. represent 5 percent of the total meat production volume, but 95 percent of the total meat processing businesses in the U.S. This commenter suggested that the guidelines not be limited to small and very small establishments but rather should be addressed to the whole industry. Response: FSIS focused the RTE Salmonella Guidelines on small and very small establishments in support of the Small Business Administration’s initiative to provide small and very small establishments with compliance assistance. It is important that small and very small establishments have access to a full range of scientific and technical support, and the assistance needed to establish safe and effective HACCP systems. Although large establishments can benefit from the guidance that FSIS provides, focusing the guidance on the needs of small and very small establishments provides them with information that may be otherwise unavailable to them. B. Request for Clarification on Alternative Processing Options Comment: One commenter stated that, in reality, most meat processors lack the technology to address or monitor specific aspects of Appendix A (64 FR 732; Jan. 6, 1999, at 746) and believes that the guidance document fails to adequately present alternative processing options. This commenter requested clarification about FSIS’s expectations related to the application of the parameters outlined in Appendix A (specifically, relative humidity and dwell time) to all RTE products—not just cooked, roasted, and corned beef products. In addition, both commenters strongly encouraged FSIS to fund research that would update existing Agency resources to reflect modern processing practices. Response: Although this comment is outside the scope of this guidance document, FSIS plans to revise Appendices A and B (64 FR 732; Jan. 6, 1999, at 748) as part of its efforts to revise guidance materials for RTE products. The Agency plans to provide clarification of its expectations with respect to dwell time and humidity as part of this revision. FSIS has also recently issued ‘‘FSIS Compliance Guideline for Meat and Poultry Jerky Products by Small and Very Small Establishments,’’ which provides more flexible options for achieving humidity in RTE products. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 C. Demonstrating Adequate Support Comment: One commenter stated that although many of the items in the RTE Salmonella Compliance Guidelines are especially useful to industry, a 5-log10 reduction of Salmonella in finished product will be hard to demonstrate for a plethora of products, including lowtemperature fermented products and non-fermented products. The commenter said that if small and very small establishments are able to demonstrate adequate support for using a science-based approach, the Agency should view the product as scientifically safe and wholesome, regardless of whether the 5-log10 reduction is achieved. The commenter encouraged FSIS, in consultation with ARS, to develop more resources, along the lines of safe harbors, for small and very small establishments to use as support for the processing of non-heat treated RTE products. Response: FSIS recognizes that a 5log10 reduction of Salmonella in finished product may be hard to demonstrate for some products. To address this difficulty, the guidance provides establishments with alternative lethality approaches within the guidelines, including utilizing good manufacturing practices and incoming product testing to support the safety of lower levels of lethality. In addition, FSIS intends to develop further guidance that establishments can use to achieve lethality in specific RTE meat and poultry products. USDA Nondiscrimination Statement The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s Target Center at 202–720–2600 (voice and TTY). To file a written complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–9410 or call 202–720–5964 (voice and TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Additional Public Notification FSIS will announce this notice online through the FSIS Web page located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/ regulations_&_policies/ Federal_Register_Notices/index.asp. E:\FR\FM\19SEN1.SGM 19SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 182 / Wednesday, September 19, 2012 / Notices FSIS will also make copies of this Federal Register publication available through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide information regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal Register notices, FSIS public meetings, and other types of information that could affect or would be of interest to constituents and stakeholders. The Update is communicated via Listserv, a free electronic mail subscription service for industry, trade groups, consumer interest groups, health professionals, and other individuals who have asked to be included. The Update is also available on the FSIS Web page. In addition, FSIS offers an electronic mail subscription service which provides automatic and customized access to selected food safety news and information. This service is available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/ News_&_Events/Email_Subscription/. Options range from recalls to export information to regulations, directives, and notices. Customers can add or delete subscriptions themselves, and have the option to password protect their accounts. Done at Washington, DC, on: September 13, 2012. Alfred V. Almanza, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2012–23080 Filed 9–18–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2012–0020] Risk-Based Sampling of Beef Manufacturing Trimmings for Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7 and Plans for Beef Baseline Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). ACTION: Notice; Request for comments. AGENCY: FSIS is announcing its intention to redesign its E. coli O157:H7 verification testing program for beef manufacturing trimmings to make the program more risk-based and to enable the Agency to calculate on-going statistical prevalence estimates for E. coli O157:H7 in raw beef manufacturing trimmings. This notice also discusses FSIS’s plans to perform a beef carcass baseline. FSIS seeks public comment on its plans, which have been developed in response to a 2011 audit by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) of FSIS’s tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:20 Sep 18, 2012 Jkt 226001 protocol for N–60 sampling of beef manufacturing trimmings for E. coli O157:H7. This notice also announces changes that FSIS has made to its beef manufacturing trimmings program to increase both the collection rate and the likelihood that FSIS will find positive samples. Finally, this notice summarizes a 2012 OIG report and the actions that FSIS has taken to address the recommendations in that report. DATES: Comments on this notice must be submitted on or before November 19, 2012. ADDRESSES: FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this notice. Comments may be submitted by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web site provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on the Web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions at that site for submitting comments. • Mail, including floppy disks or CD– ROMs, and hand- or courier-delivered items: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), FSIS, OPPD, RIMD, Docket Clearance Unit, Patriots Plaza III, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., 8–163A, Mailstop 3287, Washington, DC 20024– 3221. Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must include the Agency name and docket number FSIS– 2012–0020. Comments received in response to this docket will be made available for public inspection and posted without change, including any personal information, to http:// www.regulations.gov. Docket: For access to background documents or comments received, go to the FSIS Docket Room at the address listed above between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel Edelstein, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Policy and Program Development, FSIS, USDA, Room 351–E, Jamie Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–3700; telephone (202) 720–0399, fax (202) 720–2025; rachel.edelstein@fsis.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background In 1994, FSIS determined that E. coli O157:H7 adulterates raw ground beef product within the meaning of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) (21 U.S.C. 601(m)(1)). FSIS began testing ground beef for E. coli O157:H7 in 1994. In 1999, FSIS determined that, besides PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58091 ground beef, E. coli O157:H7 adulterated all non-intact raw beef product and intact raw beef product intended for use in raw, non-intact beef product (64 FR 2803; Jan. 19, 1999). Starting in 2007, FSIS began testing beef manufacturing trimmings and other raw ground beef components (raw esophagus (weasand) meat, head meat, cheek meat, beef from advanced meat recovery systems, low temperature rendered lean finely textured beef, partially defatted chopped beef, partially defatted beef fatty tissue, and heart meat) for E. coli O157:H7 at the originating slaughter establishment. FSIS also began verifying that grinders, fabricators, and supplying slaughter establishments had effective controls for E. coli O157:H7. FSIS sampled beef manufacturing trimmings under a simple random sampling plan in which each slaughter establishment had an equal chance of being scheduled for sampling, regardless of production volume or previous history. FSIS collects approximately 1,300 samples per year. From calendar year 2007 through June 2011, FSIS found an average of about seven E. coli positives per year, resulting in an average E. coli-positive rate of about 0.60% in beef manufacturing trimmings during this period. Each slaughter establishment producing beef manufacturing trimmings was sampled about 3.5 times per year. Inspection personnel collect beef trimmings samples for testing using N– 60 procedures. Under these procedures, inspection personnel collect 60 slices of beef manufacturing trimmings cut to a specific size and also collect an additional, separate ‘‘grab sample’’ of smaller pieces of trim from the same production lot. FSIS laboratories use the 60 slices for the first part of the analysis for E. coli O157:H7. If the 60 slices are confirmed positive, laboratory personnel do quantitative (most probable number or MPN) analysis on the ‘‘grab’’ sample.1 When an FSIS beef manufacturing trimming sample tests positive, FSIS takes a number of steps including: Collecting follow-up samples at the establishment where the positive sample was found; documenting production of adulterated product in a noncompliance record when appropriate; conducting a food safety assessment (FSA) (a comprehensive review of the establishment’s food safety 1 FSIS’s E. coli O157:H7 test results are reported on the Agency’s Web site at: http:// www.fsis.usda.gov/Science/ Ecoli_Raw_Beef_Testing_Data_YTD/index.asp (accessed June 20, 2012). E:\FR\FM\19SEN1.SGM 19SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 182 (Wednesday, September 19, 2012)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2012-0024]


Availability of FSIS Salmonella Compliance Guidelines for Small 
and Very Small Meat and Poultry Establishments That Produce Ready-to-
Eat Products

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing 
the availability of a revised compliance guide for small and very small 
meat and poultry establishments on the safe production of ready-to-eat 
(RTE) meat and poultry products with respect to Salmonella and other 
pathogens. FSIS has posted this compliance guide on its Significant 
Guidance Documents Web page (http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Significant_Guidance/index.asp). FSIS encourages small and very small meat and 
poultry establishments that manufacture these products to avail 
themselves of this guidance document.

DATES: Effective date: September 19, 2012.

ADDRESSES: A downloadable version of the revised compliance guide is 
available to view and print at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/

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Significant--Guidance/index.asp). No hard copies of the compliance 
guide have been published.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristina Barlow, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 1400 Independence 
Avenue SW., Mailstop 3782, Washington, DC 20250; email: 
kristina.barlow@fsis.usda.gov; or phone: (202) 690-7739.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    In April, 2011, FSIS announced the availability of a compliance 
guideline for small and very small meat and poultry establishments on 
the safe production of RTE products (76 FR 22667). FSIS also solicited 
comments on the guidance at that time. In response to comments 
received, FSIS has updated the guidance document to provide more 
options for achieving lethality in RTE meat and poultry products and to 
clarify issues. FSIS has also added an appendix to the document.
    The ``FSIS Salmonella Compliance Guidelines for Small and Very 
Small Meat and Poultry Establishments that Produce Ready-to-Eat 
Products'' provides meat and poultry establishments that manufacture 
RTE meat and poultry products with information on regulatory 
requirements associated with the safe production of these products 
particularly with respect to Salmonella and other pathogens. This 
document also provides information about the processing and safe 
handling of RTE products after the lethality step, so that they are not 
contaminated with pathogens such as Salmonella or Listeria 
monocytogenes (Lm). Though Agency guidance documents are 
recommendations rather than regulatory requirements and are revised as 
new information becomes available, FSIS encourages meat and poultry 
establishments to follow this guidance.

II. Comments and Responses

    FSIS received two comment letters in response to the Salmonella 
Compliance Guidelines for Small and Very Small Meat and Poultry 
Establishments that Produce RTE Products (RTE Salmonella guidelines). 
Both letters were from national trade associations representing the 
interests of primarily small and very small meat packers and 
processors.
    Following is a discussion of these comments and FSIS's responses.

A. Agency Focus on Small and Very Small Establishments

    Comment: Both commenters questioned why the RTE Salmonella 
guidelines focused on small and very small establishments.
    According to one commenter, small and very small meat processors in 
the U.S. represent 5 percent of the total meat production volume, but 
95 percent of the total meat processing businesses in the U.S. This 
commenter suggested that the guidelines not be limited to small and 
very small establishments but rather should be addressed to the whole 
industry.
    Response: FSIS focused the RTE Salmonella Guidelines on small and 
very small establishments in support of the Small Business 
Administration's initiative to provide small and very small 
establishments with compliance assistance. It is important that small 
and very small establishments have access to a full range of scientific 
and technical support, and the assistance needed to establish safe and 
effective HACCP systems. Although large establishments can benefit from 
the guidance that FSIS provides, focusing the guidance on the needs of 
small and very small establishments provides them with information that 
may be otherwise unavailable to them.

B. Request for Clarification on Alternative Processing Options

    Comment: One commenter stated that, in reality, most meat 
processors lack the technology to address or monitor specific aspects 
of Appendix A (64 FR 732; Jan. 6, 1999, at 746) and believes that the 
guidance document fails to adequately present alternative processing 
options.
    This commenter requested clarification about FSIS's expectations 
related to the application of the parameters outlined in Appendix A 
(specifically, relative humidity and dwell time) to all RTE products--
not just cooked, roasted, and corned beef products.
    In addition, both commenters strongly encouraged FSIS to fund 
research that would update existing Agency resources to reflect modern 
processing practices.
    Response: Although this comment is outside the scope of this 
guidance document, FSIS plans to revise Appendices A and B (64 FR 732; 
Jan. 6, 1999, at 748) as part of its efforts to revise guidance 
materials for RTE products. The Agency plans to provide clarification 
of its expectations with respect to dwell time and humidity as part of 
this revision. FSIS has also recently issued ``FSIS Compliance 
Guideline for Meat and Poultry Jerky Products by Small and Very Small 
Establishments,'' which provides more flexible options for achieving 
humidity in RTE products.

C. Demonstrating Adequate Support

    Comment: One commenter stated that although many of the items in 
the RTE Salmonella Compliance Guidelines are especially useful to 
industry, a 5-log10 reduction of Salmonella in finished 
product will be hard to demonstrate for a plethora of products, 
including low-temperature fermented products and non-fermented 
products. The commenter said that if small and very small 
establishments are able to demonstrate adequate support for using a 
science-based approach, the Agency should view the product as 
scientifically safe and wholesome, regardless of whether the 5-
log10 reduction is achieved. The commenter encouraged FSIS, 
in consultation with ARS, to develop more resources, along the lines of 
safe harbors, for small and very small establishments to use as support 
for the processing of non-heat treated RTE products.
    Response: FSIS recognizes that a 5-log10 reduction of 
Salmonella in finished product may be hard to demonstrate for some 
products. To address this difficulty, the guidance provides 
establishments with alternative lethality approaches within the 
guidelines, including utilizing good manufacturing practices and 
incoming product testing to support the safety of lower levels of 
lethality. In addition, FSIS intends to develop further guidance that 
establishments can use to achieve lethality in specific RTE meat and 
poultry products.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination 
in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, 
national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, 
sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited 
bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require 
alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, 
large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's Target Center at 
202-720-2600 (voice and TTY).
    To file a written complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Office 
of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue 
SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 202-720-5964 (voice and TTY). 
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Additional Public Notification
    FSIS will announce this notice online through the FSIS Web page 
located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations_&_policies/Federal_Register_Notices/index.asp.

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    FSIS will also make copies of this Federal Register publication 
available through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide 
information regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal 
Register notices, FSIS public meetings, and other types of information 
that could affect or would be of interest to constituents and 
stakeholders. The Update is communicated via Listserv, a free 
electronic mail subscription service for industry, trade groups, 
consumer interest groups, health professionals, and other individuals 
who have asked to be included. The Update is also available on the FSIS 
Web page. In addition, FSIS offers an electronic mail subscription 
service which provides automatic and customized access to selected food 
safety news and information. This service is available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Email_Subscription/. Options range 
from recalls to export information to regulations, directives, and 
notices.
    Customers can add or delete subscriptions themselves, and have the 
option to password protect their accounts.

    Done at Washington, DC, on: September 13, 2012.
Alfred V. Almanza,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2012-23080 Filed 9-18-12; 8:45 am]
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