Availability of FSIS Compliance Guidelines for Small and Very Small Meat and Poultry Establishments Regarding Lethality and Stabilization in Meat and Poultry Products (Previously Referred to as Appendices A and B), 27680-27682 [2017-12563]

Download as PDF 27680 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 115 / Friday, June 16, 2017 / Notices Submit comments on or before July 17, 2017. ADDRESSES: FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments relevant to adjusting inspection coverage as discussed and outlined in this notice. Only comments addressing the scope of this notice will be considered. Comments may be submitted by one of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web site provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on this Web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/. Follow the on-line instructions at that site for submitting comments. Mail, CD–ROMs: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Patriots Plaza 3, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Mailstop 3782, Room 8– 163B, Washington, DC 20250–3700. Hand- or courier-delivered submittals: Deliver to Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E. Street SW., Room 8–163A, Washington, DC 20250–3700. Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must include the Agency name and docket number FSIS– 2017–0003. 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 to comments received, go to the FSIS Docket Room at Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E. Street SW., Room 164– A, Washington, DC 20250–3700 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel Edelstein, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Policy and Program Development; Telephone: (202) 205–0495, or by Fax: (202) 720–2025. DATES: sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Background On May 17, 2017, FSIS published a notice announcing that it will be adjusting its inspection coverage at official Siluriformes fish slaughter establishments, starting September 1, 2017, the date of full enforcement of the regulatory requirements for fish, from all hours of operation to once per production shift. This decision is based on the Agency’s experience inspecting fish slaughter establishments since implementing the mandatory inspection program on March 1, 2016. FSIS requested comment on this decision on or before June 16, 2017. A consumer advocacy organization requested that FSIS extend the comment VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:12 Jun 15, 2017 Jkt 241001 period by 30 days, while it researches the implications of the decision, so as to make informed comments. FSIS agrees to extend the comment period. The comment period will now end on July 17, 2017. USDA Nondiscrimination Statement No agency, officer, or employee of the USDA shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/ parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, or political beliefs, exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject to discrimination any person in the United States under any program or activity conducted by the USDA. To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, which may be accessed online at http:// www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/ docs/2012/Complain_combined_6_8_ 12.pdf, or write a letter signed by you or your authorized representative. Send your completed complaint form or letter to USDA by mail, fax, or email: Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–9410. Fax: (202) 690–7442 . 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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 PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 http://www.fsis.usda.gov/subscribe. 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 June 13, 2017. Alfred V. Almanza, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2017–12556 Filed 6–15–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2017–0016] Availability of FSIS Compliance Guidelines for Small and Very Small Meat and Poultry Establishments Regarding Lethality and Stabilization in Meat and Poultry Products (Previously Referred to as Appendices A and B) Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comment AGENCY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the availability of and requesting comments on two updated compliance guidelines for small and very small businesses. The new guidelines will assist small and very small meat and poultry establishments understand and comply with the regulatory requirements associated with the destruction of Salmonella and other pathogens (lethality) in ready-to-eat (RTE) products and the control of pathogen growth in heat-treated RTE and not-ready-to-eat (NRTE) products during cooling and hot-holding (stabilization). FSIS is including the time-temperature tables and cooling options in these guidelines that were previously in Appendices A and B, originally made available in 1999, along with new recommendations establishments can use to achieve lethality and stabilization of these products. DATES: Submit Comments on or before August 15, 2017. ADDRESSES: Downloadable versions of the compliance guidelines are available to view and print at https:// www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/ bf3f01a1-a0b7-4902-a2df-a87c73d 1b633/Salmonella-ComplianceGuideline-SVSP-;RTE-Appendix-A.pdf? MOD=AJPERES and https:// www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/ SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 115 / Friday, June 16, 2017 / Notices sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 9ac49aba-46bc-443c-856b59a3f51b924f/Compliance-GuidelineStabilization-AppendixB.pdf?MOD=AJPERES once copies of the guidelines have been published. FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this guidance. Comments may be submitted by one of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web site provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on this Web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/. Follow the on-line instructions at that site for submitting comments. Mail, including CD–ROMs: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Patriots Plaza 3, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Mailstop 3782, Room 8–163B, Washington, DC 20250–3700. Hand- or courier-delivered submittals: Deliver to Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW., Room 8–163A, Washington, DC 20250–3700. Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must include the Agency name, FSIS, and document title: FSIS Compliance Guideline for Stabilization (Cooling and Hot-Holding) of Fully and Partially Heat-Treated RTE and NRTE Meat and Poultry Products Produced by Small and Very Small Establishments and Revised Appendix B 2017 Compliance Guideline. Comments received 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 to comment received, go to the FSIS Docket Room at Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW., Room 164– A, Washington, DC 20250–3700 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For Further Information Contact: Roberta Wagner, Assistant Administrator, Office of Policy and Program Development; Telephone: (202) 205–0495. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background FSIS is making available an updated compliance guideline regarding the requirements for the destruction of Salmonella and other pathogens (lethality) in RTE meat and poultry products, entitled FSIS Salmonella Compliance Guideline for Small and Very Small Meat and Poultry Establishments that Produce Ready-toEat (RTE) Products and Revised Appendix A. The updated guideline VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:12 Jun 15, 2017 Jkt 241001 provides clarification regarding options for establishments to support an alternative lethality (i.e., at least a 5-log reduction of Salmonella, rather than a 6.5-log reduction) for roast, cooked, and corned beef per 9 CFR 318.17(a)(1); a definition of ‘‘pasteurization’’ and guidance on how establishments can label products as ‘‘pasteurized’’; and updated information gathered from FSIS Food Safety Assessments (FSAs), which are in-depth assessments of establishments’ food safety systems to verify that regulatory requirements are met. The guideline also combines and replaces information from the following previously issued guidance documents: • Appendix A Compliance Guidelines for Meeting Lethality Performance Standards for certain Meat and Poultry Products. • Appendix A Guidance on Relative Humidity and Time/Temperature for Cooking/Heating and Applicability to Production of Other Ready-to-Eat Meat and Poultry Products (Appendix A Humidity Guidance). • Time-Temperature Tables for Cooking Ready-to-Eat Poultry Products. • FSIS Guidance on Safe Cooking of Non-Intact Meat Chops, Roasts, and Steaks (5-log Table). FSIS also is making available an updated guideline on the control of pathogen growth in heat-treated RTE and NRTE meat and poultry products during cooling and hot-holding (stabilization), entitled FSIS Compliance Guideline for Stabilization (Cooling and Hot-Holding) of Fully and Partially Heat-Treated RTE and NRTE Meat and Poultry Products Produced by Small with Very Small Establishments and Revised Appendix B. Hot-holding is the process of holding meat and poultry products at hot temperatures (typically above 130°F) prior to distribution. Although stabilization is commonly associated with RTE products, the concepts and many of the recommendations in this guideline can apply to heat-treated NRTE products as well. This updated stabilization guideline contains recommendations previously found in FSIS Appendix B: Compliance Guidelines for Cooling Heat-Treated Meat and Poultry Products (Stabilization) and FSIS Directive 7110.3, Rev. 1, Time/Temperature Guidelines for Cooling Heated Products. It also contains additional guidance not previously found in either document, including: • The regulatory requirements associated with stabilization (cooling and hot-holding); PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 27681 • The scientific support documents available to help develop a safe process and product; • Recommended corrective actions in the event of a cooling deviation; and • Additional options for cooling meat and poultry products, including requesting a waiver. Specifically in regard to waivers, this stabilization guideline describes information that establishments may use to request a waiver from the regulatory performance standards in 9 CFR 318.17(a)(2), 318.23(b)(3)(ii)(c), and 381.150(a)(2) to allow up to a 2-log10 multiplication of C. perfringens within a product, provided no multiplication of C. botulinum occurs. The Agency will evaluate waiver requests and use this information to potentially amend the regulations. Notably, FSIS has determined that establishments do not have to provide data that allowing up to 2-log10 multiplication of C. perfringens will result in no multiplication of C. botulinum as part of the waiver request. Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act Compliance Both guidance documents are targeting small and very small establishments in support of the Small Business Administration’s initiative to provide small and very small establishments with compliance assistance under the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act (SBRFA). It is important that small and very small establishments have access to the scientific and technical support needed to establish safe and effective HACCP systems. However, all FSIS regulated meat and poultry establishments may be able to apply the recommendations in this guideline. Additional Public Notification Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy development is important. Consequently, FSIS will announce this Federal Register publication on-line through the FSIS Web page located at: http:// www.fsis.usda.gov/federal-register. FSIS also will make copies of this 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 our constituents and stakeholders. The Update is available on the FSIS Web page. Through the Web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much broader, more diverse audience. In addition, FSIS offers an email subscription service which provides E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1 27682 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 115 / Friday, June 16, 2017 / Notices automatic and customized access to selected food safety news and information. This service is available at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/subscribe. 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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2017-0016]


Availability of FSIS Compliance Guidelines for Small and Very 
Small Meat and Poultry Establishments Regarding Lethality and 
Stabilization in Meat and Poultry Products (Previously Referred to as 
Appendices A and B)

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comment

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SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing 
the availability of and requesting comments on two updated compliance 
guidelines for small and very small businesses. The new guidelines will 
assist small and very small meat and poultry establishments understand 
and comply with the regulatory requirements associated with the 
destruction of Salmonella and other pathogens (lethality) in ready-to-
eat (RTE) products and the control of pathogen growth in heat-treated 
RTE and not-ready-to-eat (NRTE) products during cooling and hot-holding 
(stabilization). FSIS is including the time-temperature tables and 
cooling options in these guidelines that were previously in Appendices 
A and B, originally made available in 1999, along with new 
recommendations establishments can use to achieve lethality and 
stabilization of these products.

DATES: Submit Comments on or before August 15, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Downloadable versions of the compliance guidelines are 
available to view and print at https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/bf3f01a1-a0b7-4902-a2df-a87c73d1b633/Salmonella-Compliance-Guideline-SVSP-;RTE-Appendix-A.pdf?MOD=AJPERES and https://
www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/

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9ac49aba-46bc-443c-856b-59a3f51b924f/Compliance-Guideline-
Stabilization-Appendix-B.pdf?MOD=AJPERES once copies of the guidelines 
have been published. FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments 
on this guidance. Comments may be submitted by one of the following 
methods:
    Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web site provides the ability to 
type short comments directly into the comment field on this Web page or 
attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/. Follow the on-line instructions at that site for 
submitting comments.
    Mail, including CD-ROMs: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Patriots Plaza 3, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW., Mailstop 3782, Room 8-163B, Washington, DC 
20250-3700.
    Hand- or courier-delivered submittals: Deliver to Patriots Plaza 3, 
355 E Street SW., Room 8-163A, Washington, DC 20250-3700.
    Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must 
include the Agency name, FSIS, and document title: FSIS Compliance 
Guideline for Stabilization (Cooling and Hot-Holding) of Fully and 
Partially Heat-Treated RTE and NRTE Meat and Poultry Products Produced 
by Small and Very Small Establishments and Revised Appendix B 2017 
Compliance Guideline. Comments received 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 to comment received, 
go to the FSIS Docket Room at Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW., Room 
164-A, Washington, DC 20250-3700 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., 
Monday through Friday.
    For Further Information Contact: Roberta Wagner, Assistant 
Administrator, Office of Policy and Program Development; Telephone: 
(202) 205-0495.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    FSIS is making available an updated compliance guideline regarding 
the requirements for the destruction of Salmonella and other pathogens 
(lethality) in RTE meat and poultry products, entitled FSIS Salmonella 
Compliance Guideline for Small and Very Small Meat and Poultry 
Establishments that Produce Ready-to-Eat (RTE) Products and Revised 
Appendix A. The updated guideline provides clarification regarding 
options for establishments to support an alternative lethality (i.e., 
at least a 5-log reduction of Salmonella, rather than a 6.5-log 
reduction) for roast, cooked, and corned beef per 9 CFR 318.17(a)(1); a 
definition of ``pasteurization'' and guidance on how establishments can 
label products as ``pasteurized''; and updated information gathered 
from FSIS Food Safety Assessments (FSAs), which are in-depth 
assessments of establishments' food safety systems to verify that 
regulatory requirements are met. The guideline also combines and 
replaces information from the following previously issued guidance 
documents:
     Appendix A Compliance Guidelines for Meeting Lethality 
Performance Standards for certain Meat and Poultry Products.
     Appendix A Guidance on Relative Humidity and Time/
Temperature for Cooking/Heating and Applicability to Production of 
Other Ready-to-Eat Meat and Poultry Products (Appendix A Humidity 
Guidance).
     Time-Temperature Tables for Cooking Ready-to-Eat Poultry 
Products.
     FSIS Guidance on Safe Cooking of Non-Intact Meat Chops, 
Roasts, and Steaks (5-log Table).
    FSIS also is making available an updated guideline on the control 
of pathogen growth in heat-treated RTE and NRTE meat and poultry 
products during cooling and hot-holding (stabilization), entitled FSIS 
Compliance Guideline for Stabilization (Cooling and Hot-Holding) of 
Fully and Partially Heat-Treated RTE and NRTE Meat and Poultry Products 
Produced by Small with Very Small Establishments and Revised Appendix 
B. Hot-holding is the process of holding meat and poultry products at 
hot temperatures (typically above 130[deg]F) prior to distribution. 
Although stabilization is commonly associated with RTE products, the 
concepts and many of the recommendations in this guideline can apply to 
heat-treated NRTE products as well.
    This updated stabilization guideline contains recommendations 
previously found in FSIS Appendix B: Compliance Guidelines for Cooling 
Heat-Treated Meat and Poultry Products (Stabilization) and FSIS 
Directive 7110.3, Rev. 1, Time/Temperature Guidelines for Cooling 
Heated Products. It also contains additional guidance not previously 
found in either document, including:
     The regulatory requirements associated with stabilization 
(cooling and hot-holding);
     The scientific support documents available to help develop 
a safe process and product;
     Recommended corrective actions in the event of a cooling 
deviation; and
     Additional options for cooling meat and poultry products, 
including requesting a waiver.
Specifically in regard to waivers, this stabilization guideline 
describes information that establishments may use to request a waiver 
from the regulatory performance standards in 9 CFR 318.17(a)(2), 
318.23(b)(3)(ii)(c), and 381.150(a)(2) to allow up to a 2-
log10 multiplication of C. perfringens within a product, 
provided no multiplication of C. botulinum occurs. The Agency will 
evaluate waiver requests and use this information to potentially amend 
the regulations. Notably, FSIS has determined that establishments do 
not have to provide data that allowing up to 2-log10 
multiplication of C. perfringens will result in no multiplication of C. 
botulinum as part of the waiver request.

Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act Compliance

    Both guidance documents are targeting small and very small 
establishments in support of the Small Business Administration's 
initiative to provide small and very small establishments with 
compliance assistance under the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility 
Act (SBRFA). It is important that small and very small establishments 
have access to the scientific and technical support needed to establish 
safe and effective HACCP systems. However, all FSIS regulated meat and 
poultry establishments may be able to apply the recommendations in this 
guideline.

Additional Public Notification

    Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy 
development is important. Consequently, FSIS will announce this Federal 
Register publication on-line through the FSIS Web page located at: 
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/federal-register.
    FSIS also will make copies of this 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 our constituents and 
stakeholders. The Update is available on the FSIS Web page. Through the 
Web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much broader, more 
diverse audience. In addition, FSIS offers an email subscription 
service which provides

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automatic and customized access to selected food safety news and 
information. This service is available at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/subscribe. Options range from recalls to export information, 
regulations, directives, and notices. Customers can add or delete 
subscriptions themselves, and have the option to password-protect their 
accounts.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

    No agency, officer, or employee of the USDA shall, on the grounds 
of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual 
orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, 
income derived from a public assistance program, or political beliefs, 
exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject to 
discrimination, any person in the United States under any program or 
activity conducted by the USDA.
    To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program 
Discrimination Complaint Form, which may be accessed online at: http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Complain_combined_6_8_12.pdf, or write a letter signed by you or your 
authorized representative.
    Send your completed complaint form or letter to USDA by mail, fax, 
or email:
    Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of 
Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410.
    Fax: (202) 690-7442.
    Email: program.intake@usda.gov.
    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for 
communication (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact 
USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    Done at Washington, DC on: June 8, 2017.
Alfred V. Almanza,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2017-12563 Filed 6-15-17; 8:45 am]
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