Script: askFSIS – Questions on E. coli 0157:H7
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Hello and welcome. I’m Sheila Johnson from FSIS and today I’m going to review another
commonly asked question from askFSIS. More and more questions and answers are posted
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Alright, let’s get to the question. The topic is E. coli O157:H7.
Let’s say an establishment finds raw ground beef or raw beef product intended for use in raw ground beef product positive or presumptive positive (and does not confirm the product negative) for
E. coli O157:H7.
The establishment then labels the product with an instructional statement such as “for cooking only” and
sends the product to a cooking establishment for further processing to destroy the pathogen.
In this situation, is the establishment that produced the positive or presumptive positive product
required to obtain records from the cooking establishment documenting that the product received
The answer is:
Yes. Raw ground beef, other non-intact raw beef product, and intact beef product intended to be used for raw ground beef or other non-intact raw beef product that is positive or presumptive positive (and not confirmed negative) for
E. coli O157:H7 is adulterated unless it is further processed to destroy the pathogen.
Establishment records and HACCP documents, for example, the flow chart and hazard analysis
for intact product such as beef manufacturing trimmings, should indicate whether the product is
intended for use in raw, non-intact beef product.
If an establishment produces raw beef product that is adulterated because it is E. coli O157:H7
positive or presumptive positive and sends that product to another official establishment, landfill operation,
or renderer, the establishment that produced the product must obtain and keep records documenting that
the product received proper disposition from the official establishment, landfill operation, or renderer where
Documentation that the product went to an inspected facility that ordinarily cooks the product, and
records of receipt from such a facility, are not sufficient documentation that the product actually received
proper disposition. Rather, the establishment that produced the positive or presumptive positive product
must obtain records evidencing that the product was appropriately processed.
The HACCP regulations require that establishments maintain records evidencing proper disposal or
disposition of beef product that is adulterated because the product is
E. coli O157:H7 positive or presumptive positive (and not confirmed negative).
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