UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE
WASHINGTON, DC

FSIS DIRECTIVE

10,210.1
Amendment 1

6-10-99


UNIFIED SAMPLING FORM

 

I.      PURPOSE

This directive provides instructions to inspectors for the use of a unified sampling form to be used for all directed sampling programs (microbiological, chemical, and residue). This directive transmits sample copies of FSIS Form 10,210-3 and instructions for completing the form, and specific instructions for each individual sampling project. The sampling projects and the new form establish a uniform system for sample collection and transmittal of samples to laboratories. The use of the new form and system will facilitate the eventual electronic transfer of sampling requests and the tracking of samples in the laboratories.

II.    RESERVED

III.   REFERENCES

Sections 309.16, 310.21, 317.300, 318.19, 319.104, 319.105 and 381.74, 381.409 of the MPI Regulations, the Federal Meat Inspection Act, Poultry Products Inspection Act, and the Egg Products Inspection Act.

IV.   RESERVED

V.    GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSPECTION PERSONNEL

        A. FSIS Form 10,210-3 is a one page form (Attachment 1). When the form is sent to inspectors certain blocks will be pre-printed with information specific to the sample (i.e., microbiology, food chemistry, or residue) to be collected. For example, the establishment number, sampling project number and/or sampling project name, and sample collection time window will be pre-printed on Part I of the form (see Form Completion Instructions and examples in Attachment 1 for specific block entries).

        B. When a sample request form is received, sample collectors must refer to the specific instructions regarding sample collection for the given project number and/or project name provided in Attachment 2 (microbiology), Attachment 3 (chemistry), and Attachment 4 (residue). Sample collectors will complete Part II of the form and send it with the sample to the specified laboratory. If for any reason requested samples are not collected, sample collectors should complete blocks 29-33 of Part II and send the form to the specified laboratory.

        /s/

Philip S. Derfler

Deputy Administrator
Office of Policy, Program Development
and Evaluation

Attachment 1-- FSIS Form 10,210-3 and instructions
Attachment 2 -- Microbiology Samples
Attachment 3 -- Food Chemistry Samples
Attachment 4 -- Residue Samples

 

DISTRIBUTION: Inspection Offices; T/A Inspectors;
Plant Mgt; T/A Plant Mgt; TRA; ABB; PRD, Import Offices
OPI: OPPDE

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FSIS Directive 10,210.1
Attachment 1

Instructions for Completing the Requested Sample Programs Form

Each block is explained below. If the information is only for one of the sampling programs, then the instructions for that block will begin with the specific sampling program (Chemistry, Microbiology, or Residue). If no specific program is mentioned, then the instructions are applicable for all three sampling programs.

Part I

Blocks are pre-printed with information specific to the type of sample to be drawn. Check the following boxes to verify accuracy.

Block 1 : Information is preprinted.

Block 2 : Information is preprinted.

Block 3 : Determine if the printed establishment number is correct for the establishment where the sample is to be collected.

Block 4 : Note the time frame during which to collect the requested sample.

Block 5 : Information is preprinted.

Block 6 : Information is preprinted.

Block 7 : Information is preprinted.

Block 8 : Check the accuracy of the name and address for the establishment where the sample is to be collected.

Block 9 : Chemistry - Enter the name, address, and code of the laboratory to which the sample is to be sent (e.g., FSIS TSL or Accredited laboratory).
                Microbiology and Residue - Information is preprinted.

Block 10 : Residue - Note which slaughter class to sample.

Block 11 : Residue - Note from which species to collect the sample.

Block 12 : Residue - Note what tissue to sample.

Block 13 : Analysis requested should be consistent with the box checked in the heading.
                  Microbiology - Information is preprinted.

Block 14 : Microbiology and Residue - Note the project number. Refer to that project in this document for specific information on the type of product to sample as well as how much product to collect for the sample.

Block 15 : For Imports Only - Enter the country of origin.

Block 16 : For Imports Only - Enter the country code.

Block 17 : For Imports Only - Enter the foreign establishment number.

Block 18 : Follow instructions in this block. Additional information about the sample may be needed for specific project  purposes. Fill-in all requests for information that are in this block.

Part II

The sample collector is required to supply certain requested information. The information the sample collector is responsible for supplying is to be written or typed in the blocks.

Block 19 : Enter the date the sample was collected.

Block 20 : Enter the date the sample was sent to the laboratory (note the laboratory address pre-printed in Block 9 in Part I).

Block 21 : Microbiology - IF REQUESTED in the specific project instructions, enter the product temperature at the time the sample was collected. Take the sample temperature as indicated in the project directions, DO NOT CONTAMINATE THE SAMPLE WHEN TAKING THE TEMPERATURE. Clean and sanitize the temperature monitoring device prior to use.

Block 22 : Check whether or not the product was held by the establishment pending receipt of this laboratory analysis  result.

Block 23 : For Imports Only - Enter the serial number of Form FSIS 9540-1.

Block 24 : Residue - Enter the lot number.
                  For Imports Only - Enter the lot number of the collected sample from Form FSIS 9540-1.

Block 25 : For Imports Only - This block is self-explanatory.

Block 26 : Enter the producer/dealer/owner name and complete address. If it is the same as the information pre-printed in Block 8, enter the words, "Same as Block 8".

Block 27 : Microbiology and Residue - Enter all animal identification (e.g., ear tag, back tag, tattoo).

Block 28 : Additional information about the sample may be needed for specific project purposes. Complete all requests for information that are in this block. Residue - Enter the lot size.

Imports - Enter the product code.

Block 29 : Sample collector, enter your signature in this block.

Block 30 : Print or type the name of the sample collector who signed Block 29.

Block 31 : Enter the badge number of the sample collector who signed Block 29.

Block 32 : Enter the telephone number of the establishment where the sample was collected.

Block 33 : This is to be filled-in only in the event that a sample is NOT submitted.

Part III

This section is to be filled-in only by the receiving laboratory listed in Block 9.

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FSIS Directive 10,210.1
Attachment 2
Microbiology Sampling

Product Sampling - Microbiology
ME7 - Jerky (Meat and/or Poultry)

Project Number ME7
Program Title Jerky
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Listeria monocytogenes OR Salmonella
Product to Sample Jerky, ONLY Shelf-stable product - all species
Collection Instructions COLLECT ONLY INTACT SAMPLES!
For packages of one pound or less, randomly collect SIX INTACT individual packages after final packaging, for a total of AT LEAST ONE POUND of product.
For final packages weighing more than one pound, but up to and including three pounds, collect TWO INTACT individual packages.
For final packages weighing more than three pounds, collect one intact package that has been short-weighted or slack-filled with finished product by the establishment, so that AT LEAST ONE POUND of product is submitted to the laboratory.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place a copy of the product label and the sample request form in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag into the shipping container with the samples. If product requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail the form to the laboratory listed in Block 9 and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Plant Management Notification Notify plant management AT THE TIME OF SAMPLING. Remind plant management of its option to hold the sampled lot.
Shipment Room Temperature, Refrigerated, or Frozen. Ship to the laboratory listed in Block 9 of the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
SHIP samples so they ARRIVE in the laboratory on a WEEKDAY. Do not ship samples on the day before a Federal holiday.
References FSIS Directive 10,230.2
FSIS Directive 10,240.1, Rev. 1
FSIS Directive 10,240.2

 

 

Product Sampling - Microbiology
ME13 - Imported Cooked Products (Meat and/or Poultry)

Project Number ME13
Program Title Imported Cooked Products
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Listeria monocytogenes OR Salmonella
Product to Sample Cooked meat and poultry products, or cooked meat products, or cooked poultry products
Collection Instructions COLLECT INTACT PACKAGES ONLY.
RANDOMLY collect FIVE units for packages of one pound or less when the total weight of five units is two pounds or more. When the total weight, of five units of packages weighing one pound or less, is less than two pounds, collect TEN units.
For final packages weighing more than one pound, but less than three pounds, collect TWO units.
For final packages weighing three pounds or more collect ONE unit.
(Follow Import Inspection Procedures Manual, Part 6.)
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place a copy of the product label and the sample request form in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag into the shipping container with the samples.
Plant Management Notification Notify import plant management AT THE TIME OF SAMPLING. Remind plant management of its option to hold the sampled lot.
Shipment FROZEN. Ship to the laboratory listed in Block 9 of the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL. Use sufficient FROZEN COOLANT to keep samples frozen during transit.
SHIP samples so they ARRIVE in the laboratory on a WEEKDAY. Do not ship samples on the day before a Federal holiday.
References FSIS Directive 10,230.2
FSIS Directive 10,240.1, Rev. 1
Import Inspection Procedures Manual, Part 6

 

 

Product Sampling - Microbiology
ME15 - Small Diameter Cooked Comminuted Products (Meat and/or Poultry)

Project Number ME15
Program Title Small Diameter Cooked Comminuted Product
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Listeria monocytogenes OR Salmonella
Product to Sample COMBINATION MEAT AND POULTRY, OR MEAT ONLY, OR POULTRY ONLY. Examples: Franks, Wieners, Hot Dogs, Knockwurst, Kielbasa, Bratwurst, or other small diameter (up to 12 inches) cooked comminuted sausage product
Collection Instructions COLLECT ONLY INTACT SAMPLES!
For packages of one pound or less, randomly collect SIX INTACT individual packages after final packaging, for a total of AT LEAST ONE POUND of product.
For final packages weighing more than one pound, but up to and including three pounds, collect TWO INTACT individual packages.
For final packages weighing more than three pounds, collect one intact package that has been short-weighted or slack-filled with finished product by the establishment, so that AT LEAST ONE POUND of product is submitted to the laboratory.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place a copy of the product label and the sample request form in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag into the shipping container with the samples. If product requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail the form to the laboratory listed in Block 9 and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Plant Management Notification Notify plant management AT THE TIME OF SAMPLING. Remind plant management of its option to hold the sampled lot.
Shipment REFRIGERATED or FROZEN. Ship to the laboratory listed in Block 9 of the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL. Use sufficient FROZEN COOLANT to keep samples cold during transit.
SHIP samples so they ARRIVE in the laboratory on a WEEKDAY. Do not ship samples on the day before a Federal holiday.
References FSIS Directive 10,230.2
FSIS Directive 10,240.1, Rev. 1
FSIS Directive 10,240.2

 


Product Sampling - Microbiology
ME16 - Large Diameter Cooked Comminuted Products (Meat and/or Poultry)

Project Number ME16
Program Title Large Diameter Cooked Comminuted Product
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Listeria monocytogenes OR Salmonella
Product to Sample COMBINATION MEAT AND POULTRY, OR MEAT ONLY, OR POULTRY ONLY. Examples: Cooked Salami, Bologna, Liver Sausage, other large diameter (greater than 12 inches) cooked comminuted sausage product
Collection Instructions COLLECT ONLY INTACT SAMPLES!
For packages of one pound or less, randomly collect SIX INTACT individual packages after final packaging, for a total of AT LEAST ONE POUND of product.
For final packages weighing more than one pound, but up to and including three pounds, collect TWO INTACT individual packages.
For final packages weighing more than three pounds, collect one intact package that has been short-weighted or slack-filled with finished product by the establishment, so that AT LEAST ONE POUND of product is submitted to the laboratory.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place a copy of the product label and the sample request form in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag into the shipping container with the samples. If product requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail the form to the laboratory listed in Block 9 and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Plant Management Notification Notify plant management AT THE TIME OF SAMPLING. Remind plant management of its option to hold the sampled lot.
Shipment REFRIGERATED or FROZEN. Ship to the laboratory listed in Block 9 of the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL. Use sufficient FROZEN COOLANT to keep samples cold during transit.
SHIP samples so they ARRIVE in the laboratory on a WEEKDAY. Do not ship samples on the day before a Federal holiday.
References FSIS Directive 10,230.2
FSIS Directive 10,240.1, Rev. 1
FSIS Directive 10,240.2

 

 

Product Sampling - Microbiology
ME22 - Cooked Poultry Products (Poultry Only)

Project Number ME22
Program Title Cooked Poultry Products
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Listeria monocytogenes OR Salmonella
Product to Sample UNCURED COOKED POULTRY PRODUCTS. Examples include: Whole Birds, Fried Parts, Nuggets, Fritters, Sliced Rolls, Roasted Breasts, Sliced Breasts, Diced Poultry, Heat & Serve Poultry Entrees, Burritos, other UNCURED cooked poultry products. (NOT CHICKEN OR TURKEY SALAD.)
Collection Instructions COLLECT ONLY INTACT SAMPLES!
For packages of one pound or less, randomly collect SIX INTACT individual packages after final packaging, for a total of AT LEAST ONE POUND of product.
For final packages weighing more than one pound, but up to and including three pounds, collect TWO INTACT individual packages.
For final packages weighing more than three pounds, collect one intact package that has been short-weighted or slack-filled with finished product by the establishment, so that AT LEAST ONE POUND of product is submitted to the laboratory.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place a copy of the product label and the sample request form in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag into the shipping container with the samples. If product requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail the form to the laboratory listed in Block 9 and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Plant Management Notification Notify plant management AT THE TIME OF SAMPLING. Remind plant management of its option to hold the sampled lot.
Shipment REFRIGERATED or FROZEN. Ship to the laboratory listed in Block 9 of the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL. Use sufficient FROZEN COOLANT to keep samples cold during transit.
SHIP samples so they ARRIVE in the laboratory on a WEEKDAY. Do not ship samples on the day before a Federal holiday.
References FSIS Directive 10,230.2
FSIS Directive 10,240.1, Rev. 1
FSIS Directive 10,240.2

 


Product Sampling - Microbiology
ME23 - Salads and Spreads (Meat and/or Poultry)

Project Number ME23
Program Title Meat and Poultry Salads and Spreads
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Listeria monocytogenes OR Salmonella
Product to Sample Examples include: Liver Spreads, Meat Spreads, Pate´, Chicken Salad, Ham Salad, Turkey Salad, Cooked Teawurst, Cooked Mettwurst, other cooked meat or poultry salads and spreads
Collection Instructions COLLECT ONLY INTACT SAMPLES!
For packages of one pound or less, randomly collect SIX INTACT individual packages after final packaging, for a total of AT LEAST ONE POUND of product.
For final packages weighing more than one pound, but up to and including three pounds, collect TWO INTACT individual packages.
For final packages weighing more than three pounds, collect one intact package that has been short-weighted or slack-filled with finished product by the establishment, so that AT LEAST ONE POUND of product is submitted to the laboratory.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place a copy of the product label and the sample request form in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag into the shipping container with the samples. If product requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail the form to the laboratory listed in Block 9 and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Plant Management Notification Notify plant management AT THE TIME OF SAMPLING. Remind plant management of its option to hold the sampled lot.
Shipment REFRIGERATED or FROZEN. Ship to the laboratory listed in Block 9 of the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL. Use sufficient FROZEN COOLANT to keep samples cold during transit.
SHIP samples so they ARRIVE in the laboratory on a WEEKDAY. Do not ship samples on the day before a Federal holiday.
References FSIS Directive 10,230.2
FSIS Directive 10,240.1, Rev. 1
FSIS Directive 10,240.2

 


Product Sampling - Microbiology
MM9 - Cooked Beef (Beef Only)

Project Number MM9
Program Title Cooked Beef, Roast Beef, Cooked Corned Beef
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Listeria monocytogenes OR Salmonella
Product to Sample FINAL RETAIL CONSUMER Sliced Package, OR a whole or half Roast Beef or Cooked Beef or Cooked Corned Beef after final packaging; Products produced under 9 CFR 318.17.
Collection Instructions COLLECT ONLY INTACT SAMPLES!
For packages of one pound or less, randomly collect SIX INTACT individual packages after final packaging, for a total of AT LEAST ONE POUND of product.
For final packages weighing more than one pound, but up to and including three pounds, collect TWO INTACT individual packages.
For final packages weighing more than three pounds, collect ONE INTACT package.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place a copy of the product label and the sample request form in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag into the shipping container with the samples. If product requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail the form to the laboratory listed in Block 9 and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Plant Management Notification Notify plant management AT THE TIME OF SAMPLING. Remind plant management of its option to hold the sampled lot.
Shipment REFRIGERATED or FROZEN. Ship to the laboratory listed in Block 9 of the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL. Use sufficient FROZEN COOLANT to keep samples cold during transit.
SHIP samples so they ARRIVE in the laboratory on a WEEKDAY. Do not ship samples on the day before a Federal holiday.
References FSIS Directive 10,230.2
FSIS Directive 10,240.1, Rev. 1
FSIS Directive 10,240.2


Product Sampling - Microbiology
MM11 - Sliced Ham/Luncheon Meat (Pork Only)

Project Number MM11
Program Title Sliced Ham/Luncheon Meat
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Listeria monocytogenes OR Salmonella
Product to Sample Examples include: Sliced Ham, Sliced Luncheon Loaves (NOT COOKED LARGE DIAMETER SAUSAGES)
Collection Instructions COLLECT ONLY INTACT SAMPLES!
For packages of one pound or less, randomly collect SIX INTACT individual packages after final packaging, for a total of AT LEAST ONE POUND of product.
For final packages weighing more than one pound, but up to and including three pounds, collect TWO INTACT individual packages.
For final packages weighing more than three pounds, collect one intact package that has been short-weighted or slack-filled with finished product by the establishment, so that AT LEAST ONE POUND of product is submitted to the laboratory.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place a copy of the product label and the sample request form in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag into the shipping container with the samples. If product requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail the form to the laboratory listed in Block 9 and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Plant Management Notification Notify plant management AT THE TIME OF SAMPLING. Remind plant management of its option to hold the sampled lot.
Shipment REFRIGERATED or FROZEN. Ship to the laboratory listed in Block 9 of the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL. Use sufficient FROZEN COOLANT to keep samples cold during transit.
SHIP samples so they ARRIVE in the laboratory on a WEEKDAY. Do not ship samples on the day before a Federal holiday.
References FSIS Directive 10,230.2
FSIS Directive 10,240.1, Rev. 1
FSIS Directive 10,240.2

 

Product Sampling - Microbiology
MM14 - Cooked Species Monitoring (Meat and/or Poultry)

Project Number MM14
Program Title Species Identification Monitoring - Cooked Meat
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Animal Species
Product to Sample Examples include: Finished Product, Formulated, comminuted, chopped, or chunked and formed cooked product; Franks, Bologna, Ham, Corned Beef, Poultry/Meat Rolls, Jerky, Salads, Spreads, or OTHER similarly prepared product
Collection Instructions RANDOMLY select three individual samples of approximately one pound each from a single lot of finished product.
IF the product to be sampled is in a NATURAL casing, collect the samples randomly from THREE DIFFERENT BATCHES OF RAW EMULSION ONLY instead of from finished product.
Do NOT collect any product listing ALL THREE species (BEEF, PORK, AND POULTRY) on the ingredient statement.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place a copy of the product label showing the INGREDIENT STATEMENT and the sample request form in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag into the shipping container with the samples. If product requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail the form to the laboratory listed in Block 9 and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Plant Management Notification Notify plant management AT THE TIME OF SAMPLING. Remind plant management of its option to hold the sampled lot.
Shipment REFRIGERATED or FROZEN. Ship to the laboratory listed in Block 9 of the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL. Use sufficient FROZEN COOLANT to keep samples cold during transit.
SHIP samples so they ARRIVE in the laboratory on a WEEKDAY. Do not ship samples on the day before a Federal holiday.
References FSIS Directive 10,230.2


Product Sampling - Microbiology
MT01 - Fully Cooked Meat Patties (Meat Only)

Project Number MT01
Program Title E. coli O157:H7 in Fully Cooked Meat Patties
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for E. coli O157:H7
Product to Sample Fully Cooked Meat Patties; Produced under 9 CFR 318.23
Collection Instructions COLLECT ONLY INTACT SAMPLES!
For packages of one pound or less, randomly collect SIX INTACT individual packages after final packaging, for a total of AT LEAST ONE POUND of product.
For final packages weighing more than one pound, but up to and including three pounds, collect TWO INTACT individual packages.
For final packages weighing more than three pounds, collect one intact package that has been short-weighted or slack-filled with finished product by the establishment, so that AT LEAST ONE POUND of product is submitted to the laboratory.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place a copy of the product label and the sample request form in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag into the shipping container with the samples. If product requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail the form to the laboratory listed in Block 9 and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Plant Management Notification Notify plant management AT THE TIME OF SAMPLING. Remind plant management of its option to hold the sampled lot.
Shipment REFRIGERATED or FROZEN. Ship to the laboratory listed in Block 9 of the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL. Use sufficient FROZEN COOLANT to keep samples cold during transit.
SHIP samples so they ARRIVE in the laboratory on a WEEKDAY. Do not ship samples on the day before a Federal holiday.
References FSIS Directive 10,230.2
FSIS Directive 10,240.2


Product Sampling - Microbiology
MT02 - Dry & Semi-Dry Fermented Sausages (Meat Only)

 

Project Number

MT02
Program Title Dry & Semi-Dry Fermented Sausages
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Staphylococcal Enterotoxin, E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes
Product to Sample Ready-to-Eat Comminuted Stuffed Meat Products generally processed at temperatures above 70 degrees F; Pepperoni, Cervelot, Italian Salami, Genoa, Lebanon Bologna, Summer Sausage, Hard Salami, Sopresatte, etc.
Collection Instructions COLLECT ONLY INTACT WHOLE SAUSAGES!
Identify a completely processed (finished), whole lot of product. Randomly collect enough INTACT sausages so that at least two POUNDS of product are submitted to the laboratory for analysis.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place a copy of the product label and the sample request form in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag into the shipping container with the samples. If product requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail the form to the laboratory listed in Block 9 and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Plant Management Notification Notify plant management AT THE TIME OF SAMPLING. Remind plant management of its option to hold the sampled lot.
Shipment REFRIGERATED or FROZEN. Ship to the laboratory listed in Block 9 of the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL. Use sufficient FROZEN COOLANT to keep samples cold during transit.
SHIP samples so they ARRIVE in the laboratory on a WEEKDAY. Do not ship samples on the day before a Federal holiday.
References FSIS Directive 10,230.2
FSIS Directive 10,240.2


Product Sampling - Microbiology
MT03/MT04 - Raw Ground or Comminuted Beef or Veal (Beef or Veal Only)
Federal Program

Project Number MT03/MT04
Program Title E. coli O157:H7 Raw Ground or Comminuted Beef or Veal
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for E. coli O157:H7
Product to Sample Raw Ground or Comminuted Beef or Veal Products including Ground Beef, Hamburger, Beef Patties, Beef Patty Mix, etc.
Collection Instructions At a RANDOMLY selected time, ASEPTICALLY collect a RAW, UNFROZEN 1 pound sample prior to packaging and freezing. Use the sterile sample bag which has been provided to you for this purpose. Close the bag securely. Label the bag with the provided sample identification label.
(Follow FSIS Directive 10,230.2.)
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place the sample request form in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag into the shipping container with the samples. If product requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail the form to the laboratory listed in Block 9 and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Plant Management Notification Notify plant management AT THE TIME OF SAMPLING. Remind plant management of its option to hold the sampled lot.
Shipment REFRIGERATE, DO NOT FREEZE. Ship to the laboratory listed in Block 9 of the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL. Ship via overnight courier the same day as collected. Use sufficient FROZEN COOLANT to keep samples cold during transit. If samples are collected on a Friday, designate SATURDAY DELIVERY. Do not ship samples on the day before a Federal holiday.
References FSIS Directive 10,230.2
FSIS Directive 10,010.1


Product Sampling - Microbiology
MT05/MT06 - Raw Ground or Comminuted Beef or Veal (Beef or Veal Only)
Retail Program

Project Number MT05/MT06
Program Title E. coli O157:H7 Raw Ground or Comminuted Beef or Veal
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for E. coli O157:H7
Product to Sample Raw Ground or Comminuted Beef or Veal Products including Ground Beef, Hamburger, Beef Patties, Beef Patty Mix, etc.
Collection Instructions Randomly select a retail store. If possible have a store employee collect a 1 pound sample right out of the grinder. Purchase this sample. Otherwise, RANDOMLY select and purchase a RAW, UNFROZEN 1 pound sample. Place the packaged sample in the sample bag which has been provided to you for this purpose. Close the bag securely. Label the bag with the provided sample identification label.
(Follow FSIS Directive 8150.1, Rev. 1, 4/5/90.)
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place the sample request form in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag into the shipping container with the samples. If product requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail the form to the laboratory listed in Block 9 and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Store Management Notification Notify store management AT THE TIME OF SAMPLING. Remind store management of its option to hold the sampled lot.
Shipment REFRIGERATE, DO NOT FREEZE. Ship to the laboratory listed in Block 9 of the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL. Ship via overnight courier the same day as collected. Use sufficient FROZEN COOLANT to keep samples cold during transit. If samples are collected on a Friday, designate SATURDAY DELIVERY. Do not ship samples on the day before a Federal holiday.
References FSIS Directive 8150.1, Rev. 1, 4/5/90
FSIS Directive 10,010.1


Product Sampling - Microbiology
MT08 - Imported Raw Ground or Comminuted Beef or Veal (Beef or Veal Only )

Project Number MT08
Program Title E. coli O157:H7 Raw Ground or Comminuted Beef or Veal
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for E. coli O157:H7
Product to Sample Raw Ground or Comminuted Beef or Veal Products including Ground Beef, Hamburger, Beef Patties, Beef Patty Mix, etc.
Collection Instructions PATTIES: Using aseptic techniques, randomly select enough patties from one container to obtain approximately one pound of product. ALL OTHER GROUND PRODUCT: Collect ONLY intact packages, ten pounds or less. Randomly select one intact sample unit.
(Follow Import Inspection Procedures Manual, Part 6.)
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place a copy of the product label and the sample request form in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag into the shipping container with the samples. If product requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail the form to the laboratory listed in Block 9 and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Plant Management Notification Notify import plant management AT THE TIME OF SAMPLING. Remind plant management of its option to hold the sampled lot.
Shipment REFRIGERATED or FROZEN. Ship to the laboratory listed in Block 9 of the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL. Use sufficient FROZEN COOLANT to keep samples cold during transit. If samples are collected on a Friday, designate SATURDAY DELIVERY. Do not ship samples on the day before a Federal holiday.
References FSIS Directive 10,230.2
FSIS Directive 10,010.1
Import Inspection Procedures Manual, Part 6


Product Sampling - Microbiology
MT09 - Imported Dry & Semi-Dry Fermented Sausages (Meat Only)

Project Number MT09
Program Title Imported Dry & Semi-Dry Fermented Sausages
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Staphylococcal Enterotoxin, E. coli O157:H7,
Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes
Product to Sample Ready-to-Eat Comminuted Stuffed Meat Products generally processed at temperatures above 70 degrees; Pepperoni, Cervelot, Italian Salami, Genoa, Lebanon Bologna, Summer Sausage, Hard Salami, Sopresatte, etc.
Collection Instructions Collect enough INTACT sausages so that at least two POUNDS of sample from each lot of product are submitted to the laboratory for analysis. ONLY SUBMIT INTACT SAUSAGES.
(Follow Import Inspection Procedures Manual, Part 6, Section 9.)
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place a copy of the product label and the sample request form in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag into the shipping container with the samples.
Plant Management Notification Notify import plant management AT THE TIME OF SAMPLING. Remind plant management of its option to hold the sampled lot.
Shipment REFRIGERATED or FROZEN. Ship to the laboratory listed in Block 9 of the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL. Use sufficient FROZEN COOLANT to keep samples cold during transit.
SHIP samples so they ARRIVE in the laboratory on a WEEKDAY. Do not ship samples on the day before a Federal holiday.
References FSIS Directive 10,230.2
Import Inspection Procedures Manual, Part 6, Section 9

 

Product Sampling - Microbiology
EM31 - Salmonella in Pasteurized Egg Products (Eggs)

Project Number EM31
Program Title Salmonella in Pasteurized Liquid, Frozen, or Dried Egg Products
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Salmonella
Product to Sample Egg Whites with or without added ingredients
Collection Instructions RANDOMLY collect an INTACT individual package after FINAL PACKAGING for packages weighing up to five pounds. For final packages weighing more than five pounds, ASEPTICALLY collect one sample unit. Use only sample unit containers provided by FSIS. EXCEPTION: Collect an INTACT individual package after FINAL packaging of LIQUID product in mechanically sealed containers weighing up to a maximum of twenty pounds. HOWEVER, slack filling of mechanically sealed containers, or substituting SMALLER mechanically sealed like containers for LARGE mechanically sealed containers is permitted.
Identify each sample container with a production code and product name.
(Follow EPID Instructions for Sampling Egg Products for Microbiological Analysis, May 1997.)
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place a copy of the product label and the sample request form in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag into the shipping container with the samples. If product requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail the form to the laboratory listed in Block 9 and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Plant Management Notification Notify plant management AT THE TIME OF SAMPLING. Remind plant management of its option to hold the sampled lot.
Shipment REFRIGERATED or FROZEN. Ship to the laboratory listed In Block 9 of the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL. Use sufficient FROZEN COOLANT to keep FROZEN samples FROZEN during transit and to keep refrigerated samples cold during transit.
SHIP samples so they ARRIVE in the laboratory on a WEEKDAY. Do not ship samples on the day before a Federal holiday.
References EPID Instructions for Sampling Egg Products for Microbiological Analysis, May 1997


Product Sampling - Microbiology
EM32 - Salmonella in Pasteurized Egg Products (Eggs)

Project Number EM32
Program Title Salmonella in Pasteurized Liquid, Frozen, or Dried Egg Products
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Salmonella
Product to Sample Whole Eggs (with less than 2% added ingredients other than salt or sugar), or Yolks (with less than 2% added ingredients other than salt or sugar)
Collection Instructions RANDOMLY collect an INTACT individual package after FINAL PACKAGING for packages weighing up to five pounds. For final packages weighing more than five pounds, ASEPTICALLY collect one sample unit. Use only sample unit containers provided by FSIS. EXCEPTION: Collect INTACT individual package(s) after FINAL packaging of LIQUID product in mechanically sealed containers weighing up to a maximum of twenty pounds. HOWEVER, slack filling of mechanically sealed containers, or substituting SMALLER mechanically sealed like containers for LARGE mechanically sealed containers is permitted.
Identify each sample container with a production code and product name.
(Follow EPID Instructions for Sampling Egg Products for Microbiological Analysis, May 1997.)
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place a copy of the product label and the sample request form in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag into the shipping container with the samples. If product requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail the form to the laboratory listed in Block 9 and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Plant Management Notification Notify plant management AT THE TIME OF SAMPLING. Remind plant management of its option to hold the sampled lot.
Shipment REFRIGERATED or FROZEN. Ship to the laboratory listed in Block 9 of the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL. Use sufficient FROZEN COOLANT to keep FROZEN samples FROZEN during transit and to keep refrigerated samples cold during transit.
SHIP samples so they ARRIVE in the laboratory on a WEEKDAY. Do not ship samples on the day before a Federal holiday.
References EPID Instructions for Sampling Egg Products for Microbiological Analysis, May 1997


Product Sampling - Microbiology
EM33 - Salmonella in Pasteurized Egg Products (Eggs)

Project Number EM33
Program Title Salmonella in Pasteurized Liquid, Frozen, or Dried Egg Products
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Salmonella
Product to Sample Whole Eggs with added yolks, or Whole Egg Blends (with more than 2% added ingredients other than salt or sugar)
Collection Instructions RANDOMLY collect an INTACT individual package after FINAL PACKAGING for packages weighing up to five pounds. For final packages weighing more than five pounds, ASEPTICALLY collect one sample unit. Use only sample unit containers provided by FSIS. EXCEPTION: Collect INTACT individual package(s) after FINAL packaging of LIQUID product in mechanically sealed containers weighing up to a maximum of twenty pounds. HOWEVER, slack filling of mechanically sealed containers, or substituting SMALLER mechanically sealed like containers for LARGE mechanically sealed containers is permitted.
Identify each sample container with a production code and product name.
(Follow EPID Instructions for Sampling Egg Products for Microbiological Analysis, May 1997.)
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place a copy of the product label and the sample request form in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag into the shipping container with the samples. If product requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail the form to the laboratory listed in Block 9 and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Plant Management Notification Notify plant management AT THE TIME OF SAMPLING. Remind plant management of its option to hold the sampled lot.
Shipment REFRIGERATED or FROZEN. Ship to the laboratory listed in Block 9 of the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL. Use sufficient FROZEN COOLANT to keep FROZEN samples FROZEN during transit and to keep refrigerated samples cold during transit.
SHIP samples so they ARRIVE in the laboratory on a WEEKDAY. Do not ship samples on the day before a Federal holiday.
References EPID Instructions for Sampling Egg Products for Microbiological Analysis, May 1997


Product Sampling - Microbiology
EM34 - Salmonella in Pasteurized Egg Products (Eggs)

Project Number EM34
Program Title Salmonella in Pasteurized Liquid, Frozen, or Dried Egg Products
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Salmonella
Product to Sample Whole Eggs (with more than 2% salt or sugar added), or Yolks (with more than 2% salt or sugar added)
Collection Instructions RANDOMLY collect an INTACT individual package after FINAL PACKAGING for packages weighing up to five pounds. For final packages weighing more than five pounds, ASEPTICALLY collect one sample unit. Use only sample unit containers provided by FSIS. EXCEPTION: Collect INTACT individual package(s) after FINAL packaging of LIQUID product in mechanically sealed containers weighing up to a maximum of twenty pounds. HOWEVER, slack filling of mechanically sealed containers, or substituting SMALLER mechanically sealed like containers for LARGE mechanically sealed containers is permitted.
Identify each sample container with a production code and product name.(Follow EPID Instructions for Sampling Egg Products for Microbiological Analysis, May 1997.)
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place a copy of the product label and the sample request form in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag into the shipping container with the samples. If product requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail the form to the laboratory listed in Block 9 and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Plant Management Notification Notify plant management AT THE TIME OF SAMPLING. Remind plant management of its option to hold the sampled lot.
Shipment REFRIGERATED or FROZEN. Ship to the laboratory listed in Block 9 of the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL. Use sufficient FROZEN COOLANT to keep FROZEN samples FROZEN during transit and to keep refrigerated samples cold during transit.
SHIP samples so they ARRIVE in the laboratory on a WEEKDAY. Do not ship samples on the day before a Federal holiday.
References EPID Instructions for Sampling Egg Products for Microbiological Analysis, May 1997


Product Sampling - Microbiology
EM35 - Salmonella in Pasteurized Egg Products (Eggs)

Project Number EM35
Program Title Salmonella in Pasteurized Liquid, Frozen, or Dried Egg Products
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Salmonella
Product to Sample Dried Yellow Egg Products
Collection Instructions RANDOMLY collect an INTACT individual package after FINAL PACKAGING for packages weighing up to five pounds.
For final packages weighing more than five pounds, ASEPTICALLY collect one sample unit. Use only sample unit containers provided by FSIS.
Identify each sample container with a production code and product name.
(Follow EPID Instructions for Sampling Egg Products for Microbiological Analysis, May 1997.)
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place a copy of the product label and the sample request form in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag into the shipping container with the samples. If product requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail the form to the laboratory listed in Block 9 and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Plant Management Notification Notify plant management AT THE TIME OF SAMPLING. Remind plant management of its option to hold the sampled lot.
Shipment ROOM TEMPERATURE. Ship to the laboratory listed in Block 9 of the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Do not use coolant.
SHIP samples so they ARRIVE in the laboratory on a WEEKDAY. Do not ship samples on the day before a Federal holiday.
References EPID Instructions for Sampling Egg Products for Microbiological Analysis, May 1997


Product Sampling - Microbiology
EM36 - Salmonella in Pasteurized Egg Products (Eggs)

Project Number EM36
Program Title Salmonella in Pasteurized Liquid, Frozen, or Dried Egg Products
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Salmonella
Product to Sample Spray Dried Egg Whites (with or without added ingredients)
Collection Instructions RANDOMLY collect an INTACT individual package after FINAL PACKAGING for packages weighing up to five pounds.
For final packages weighing more than five pounds, ASEPTICALLY collect one sample unit. Use only sample unit containers provided by FSIS.
Identify each sample container with a production code and product name.
(Follow EPID Instructions for Sampling Egg Products for Microbiological Analysis, May 1997.)
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place a copy of the product label and the sample request form in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag into the shipping container with the samples. If product requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail the form to the laboratory listed in Block 9 and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Plant Management Notification Notify plant management AT THE TIME OF SAMPLING. Remind plant management of its option to hold the sampled lot.
Shipment ROOM TEMPERATURE. Ship to the laboratory listed in Block 9 of the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Do not use coolant.
SHIP samples so they ARRIVE in the laboratory on a WEEKDAY. Do not ship samples on the day before a Federal holiday.
References EPID Instructions for Sampling Egg Products for Microbiological Analysis, May 1997


Product Sampling - Microbiology
EM37 - Salmonella in Pasteurized Egg Products (Eggs)

Project Number EM37
Program Title Salmonella in Pasteurized Liquid, Frozen, or Dried Egg Products
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Salmonella
Product to Sample Pan Dried Egg Whites
Collection Instructions RANDOMLY collect an INTACT individual package after FINAL PACKAGING for packages weighing up to five pounds.
For final packages weighing more than five pounds, ASEPTICALLY collect one sample unit. Use only sample unit containers provided by FSIS.
Identify each sample container with a production code and product name.
(Follow EPID Instructions for Sampling Egg Products for Microbiological Analysis, May 1997.)
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place a copy of the product label and the sample request form in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag into the shipping container with the samples. If product requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail the form to the laboratory listed in Block 9 and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Plant Management Notification Notify plant management AT THE TIME OF SAMPLING. Remind plant management of its option to hold the sampled lot.
Shipment ROOM TEMPERATURE. Ship to the laboratory listed in Block 9 of the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Do not use coolant.
SHIP samples so they ARRIVE in the laboratory on a WEEKDAY. Do not ship samples on the day before a Federal holiday.
References EPID Instructions for Sampling Egg Products for Microbiological Analysis, May 1997

 

Product Sampling - Microbiology
MM30 - Campylobacter spp. In Chicken

Project Number MM30
Program Title Campylobacter spp. In Chicken
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Campylobacter spp.
Product to Sample Whole Chicken Carcasses
Collection Instructions RANDOMLY select ONE WHOLE chicken carcass after chilling, at the end of the drip line or at the last readily accessible point prior to packing/cut-up. A whole carcass is required - one that has not been trimmed. Carcasses to be hot-boned may be sampled after the final wash.
(Follow FSIS Directive 10,230.5. Note: The instructions for collecting raw product samples for Campylobacter spp. analysis are the same as for collecting samples for Salmonella analysis.)
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions on pages 5 - 7 of this directive (FSIS Directive 10,210.1). Place the sample request form in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag into the shipping container with the sample. If no sample is collected, complete Block 33 and mail the form to the laboratory listed in Block 9 and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Plant Management Notification No notification of this sampling to plant management is necessary. No regulatory actions will be taken as a result of this sampling.
Shipment Refrigerated. Use sufficient FROZEN COOLANT to keep samples cold during transit.
Ship to the laboratory listed in Block 9 of the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
SHIP samples the SAME DAY collected so they ARRIVE in the laboratory on the NEXT DAY. Do not ship samples on SATURDAY, SUNDAY or the day before a Federal holiday. If you collect the sample on Friday, you will need to attach the special "Saturday Delivery" label to the shipping container.
References FSIS Directive 10,230.5


Product Sampling - Microbiology
MMxx – Baseline (species to be identified)

Project Number MMxx (number to baseline project specific)
Program Title Nationwide Microbiological Baseline Data Collection Program: (species to be identified)
Program Dates To be determined
Analyzed for Organisms of concern, as identified in Block 13.
Product to Sample As identified in Block 11.
Collection Instructions Follow FSIS Directive 10,230.5 for the species identified in Block 11, and any special instructions indicated in Block 18.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions on Pages 5 - 7 of this directive (FSIS Directive 10,210.1). Place the sample request form in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag into the shipping container with the sample. If no sample is collected, complete Block 33 and mail the form to the laboratory listed in Block 9 and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
Plant Management Notification No notification of this sampling to plant management is necessary. No regulatory actions will be taken as a result of this sampling.
Shipment Refrigerated. Use sufficient FROZEN COOLANT to keep samples cold during transit.
Ship to the laboratory listed in Block 9 of the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL.
SHIP samples the SAME DAY collected so they ARRIVE in the laboratory on the NEXT DAY. Do not ship samples on SATURDAY, SUNDAY or the day before a Federal holiday. If the sample is collected on Friday, attach the special
"SATURDAY DELIVERY" label to the shipping container. "SATURDAY DELIVERY" label to the shipping container.
References FSIS Directive 10,230.5



FSIS Directive 10,210.1
Attachment 3
Food Chemistry Sampling

Product Sampling - Food Chemistry (Imports)
General Procedures

Program Title Imported Meat and Poultry Product Sampling-General Procedures
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Analytes requested by the Automated Import

Inspection System(AIIS), or Field Operations Import Inspection.

Product to Sample Imported meat and poultry products. Sampling is at a rate generated by the AIIS or Field Operations Import Inspection.
Collection Instructions A sample may be a whole unit, more than one unit. A unit is a single processed piece (can, package etc.) If the unit weighs less than 12 ounces, select enough units to provide a sample weighing approximately one pound. Place sample in a plastic bag. Close the top of the bag by twisting it, secure it with several loops of a rubber band, then fold the twisted end over and secure with several loops of a rubber band. Use a rubber band to attach identification strip to bagged sample portion.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place the sample request form in a plastic bag and place in shipping container with sample.
Shipment FROZEN, unless sample is whole unit of shelf stable or keep-refrigerated product. All samples must be mailed via the FSIS-contract overnight delivery/courier service. Mail samples so they arrive at a laboratory on a day it is open.
References Import Inspection Manual, Part 6, Section 1

 

Product Sampling - Food Chemistry (Imports)
3% Added Water Limit at the Tightened and Hold Level

Program Title Imported Meat and Poultry Product Sampling-3% Added Water Limit at the Tightened and Hold Level
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for 3% Added Water Limit
Product to Sample Imported Meat and Poultry Products- Luncheon Meats, Meat loaves, etc.
Collection Instructions Randomly select one sample unit. A sample may be a whole unit, more than one unit. A unit is a single processed piece (can, package etc.) If the unit weighs less than 12 ounces, select enough units to provide a sample weighing approximately one pound. Place sample in a plastic bag. Close the top of the bag by twisting it, secure it with several loops of a rubber band, then fold the twisted end over and secure with several loops of a rubber band. Use a rubber band to attach identification strip to bagged sample portion. If the results exceed 4% but are less than 5%, the lot can be refused entry, or an additional 30 sample units can be analyzed.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place the sample request form in a plastic bag and place in shipping container with sample.
Shipment FROZEN, unless sample is a whole unit of shelf stable or keep-refrigerated product. All samples must be mailed via the FSIS-contract overnight delivery/courier service. Mail samples so they arrive at a laboratory on a day it is open.
References Import Inspection Manual, Part 6, Section 3

 

Product Sampling - Food Chemistry (Imports)
Moisture Protein Ratio at the Tightened and Hold Level

Program Title Imported Meat and Poultry Product Sampling-Moisture Protein Ratio at the Tightened and Hold Level
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Moisture Protein Ratio
Product to Sample Imported meat and poultry products-pepperoni, Genoa salami, etc. Sampling is at a rate generated by the AIIS or Field Operations Import Inspection.
Collection Instructions Randomly select one sample unit. A sample may be a whole unit, more than one unit. A unit is a single processed piece (can, package etc.) If the unit weighs less than 12 ounces, select enough units to provide a sample weighing approximately one pound. Place sample in a plastic bag. Close the top of the bag by twisting it, secure it with several loops of a rubber band, then fold the twisted end over and secure with several loops of a rubber band. Use a rubber band to attach identification strip to bagged sample portion. If the result of this one sample unit is in zone A, the lot is released. If the result is in zone B or C, the lot may be refused entry, or additional samples may be selected as follows. If result was in zone B, select 6 more sample units. If result was in zone C, select 30 more sample units.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place the sample request form in a plastic bag and place in shipping container with sample.
Shipment FROZEN, unless sample is whole unit of shelf stable or keep-refrigerated product. All samples must be mailed via the FSIS-contract overnight delivery/courier service. Mail samples so they arrive at a laboratory on a day it is open.
References Import Inspection Manual, Part 6, Section 3

 

Product Sampling - Food Chemistry (Imports)
Protein Fat Free at the Tightened and Hold Level

Program Title Imported Meat and Poultry Product Sampling-Protein Fat Free at the Tightened and Hold Level
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Protein Fat Free determination as mandated.
Product to Sample Imported Cured Pork Product including: hams, shoulders, picnics, butts, and loins. Also, ham patties, chopped ham, pressed ham, and spiced ham.
Collection Instructions Randomly select 5 sample units from a single lot. A sample may be a whole unit, more than one unit, or various portions of a unit. If the unit weighs less than 12 ounces, select enough units to provide a sample weighing approximately one pound. A unit is a single processed piece (can, package etc.). If the unit weighs more than one and one-half pounds, either send entire unit, or chop the entire unit and send approximately one pound of chopped product for analysis. Place sample in a plastic bag. No paper or absorbent material should be placed in the plastic bag with the sample. Close the top of the bag by twisting it, secure it with several loops of a rubber band, then fold the twisted end over and secure with several loops of a rubber band. Place the sample bag in a second plastic bag and close with a rubber band in the same manner. Leave some space in the bag around the sample to permit expansion of the sample with out splitting the plastic bag if the sample is frozen. Use a rubber band to attach identification strip to each bagged sample.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place the sample request form in a plastic bag and place in shipping container with sample. Note:  Enter ingredient statement and Group 2 protein percent in block #28.
Shipment FROZEN, unless sample is whole unit of shelf stable or keep-refrigerated product. All samples must be mailed via the FSIS-contract overnight delivery/courier service. Mail samples so they arrive at a laboratory on a day it is open.
References Import Inspection Manual, Part 6, Section 3 FSIS Directive 9550.1

 

Product Sampling - Food Chemistry (Imports)
Maximum Internal Cooking Temperature

Program Title Imported Meat and Poultry Product Sampling- Maximum Internal Cooking Temperature
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Maximum Internal Cooking Temperature
Product to Sample Imported Meat and Poultry Products- Luncheon Meats, Meat loaves, etc.
Collection Instructions When a lot is assigned a MIT and another chemistry assignment, two sample units must be selected; one for MIT and the other for all other food chemistry analyses A sample may be a whole unit, more than one unit. A unit is a single processed piece (can, package etc.) If the unit weighs less than 12 ounces, select enough units to provide a sample weighing approximately one pound. Place sample in a plastic bag. Close the top of the bag by twisting it, secure it with several loops of a rubber band, then fold the twisted end over and secure with several loops of a rubber band. Use a rubber band to attach identification strip to bagged sample portion.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place the sample request form in a plastic bag and place in shipping container with sample.
Shipment FROZEN, unless sample is whole unit of shelf stable or keep-refrigerated product. All samples must be mailed via the FSIS-contract overnight delivery/courier service. Mail samples so they arrive at a laboratory on a day it is open.
References Import Inspection Manual, Part 6, Section 3

 

Product Sampling - Food Chemistry
Nutritional Analysis

Program Title Nutritional Analysis
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Nutritional content mandated under the NLEA
Product to Sample Samples under voluntary or mandatory testing by NLEA
Collection Instructions Composite TWELVE (12) consumer units from the same production lot in one or two sample boxes.
Alternatively, composite of a MINIMUM of SIX (6) consumer units, each randomly chosen to be representative of a production lot.
Place sample in a plastic bag. Close the top of the bag by twisting it, secure it with several loops of a rubber band, then fold the twisted end over and secure with several loops of a rubber band. Leave some space in the bag around the sample to permit expansion of the sample with out splitting the plastic bag if the sample is frozen. Use a rubber band to attach identification strip to bagged sample.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place the sample request form in a plastic bag and place in shipping container with sample.
Shipment FROZEN, unless sample is whole unit of shelf stable or keep-refrigerated product. Ship to the laboratory listed on the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL. Ship samples so they arrive in the laboratory on a weekday. Do not ship samples on Fridays or the day before a Federal holiday.
References 9 CFR 317.300, 381.409

 

Product Sampling - Food Chemistry
Protein Fat Free

Program Title Protein Fat Free
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Protein Fat Free determination as mandated.
Product to Sample Cured Pork Product including: hams, shoulders, picnics, butts, and loins. Also, ham patties, chopped ham, pressed ham, and spiced ham.
Collection Instructions Select a ONE (1) pound sample from single lot. A sample may be a whole unit, more than one unit, or various portions of a unit. A unit is a single processed piece (can, package etc.). If the unit weighs less than TWELVE (12) ounces, select enough units to provide a sample weighing approximately ONE (1) pound. If the unit weighs more than one and one-half pounds (12), send either the entire unit, or chop the entire unit and send approximately ONE (1) pound of chopped product for analysis. Place sample in a plastic bag. No paper or absorbent material should be placed in the plastic bag with the sample. Close the top of the bag by twisting it, secure it with several loops of a rubber band, then fold the twisted end over and secure with several loops of a rubber band. Place the sample bag in a second plastic bag and close with a rubber band in the same manner. Leave some space in the bag around the sample to permit expansion of the sample with out splitting the plastic bag if the sample is frozen. Use a rubber band to attach identification strip to each bagged sample.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place the sample request form in a plastic bag and place in shipping container with sample.
In Block 28 enter the ingredients statement and the Group 2 protein percent.
Shipment FROZEN, unless sample is whole unit of shelf stable or keep-refrigerated product. To the laboratory analyzing for the requested analysis. Ship samples so they arrive in the laboratory on a weekday. Do not ship samples on Fridays or the day before a Federal holiday.
References MPI Manual, Part 23, 9 CFR 318.19, 319.104, 319.105

 

Product Sampling - Food Chemistry
Nutritional Analysis

Program Title Nutritional Analysis
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Nutritional content mandated by NLEA
Specimen to Sample Products under voluntary or mandatory testing by NLEA
Collection Instructions Composite TWELVE (12) consumer units from the same production lot. Alternately, composite a MINIMUM of SIX (6) consumer units randomly chosen to representative of a production lot.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place the sample request form in a plastic bag and place it under the shipping container lid, but on top of the insulated lid. If tissue requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail to the laboratory listed on the sample request form.
Shipment FROZEN (unless otherwise stated on the Sample Request Form). Use sufficient coolant to maintain the specimens in the frozen state. Ship to the laboratory listed on the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL. SHIP samples so that they ARRIVE in the laboratory on a WEEKDAY. Do not ship on Fridays or the day before a Federal holiday.
References 9CFR 317.300 and 381.409

 

Product Sampling - Food Chemistry
Protein Fat Free

Program Title Protein Fat Free
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Protein fat free determination
Specimen to Sample Cured pork products including: hams, shoulders, picnics, butts, and loins. Also, ham patties, chopped ham, pressed ham, and spiced ham
Collection Instructions Select a ONE (1) pound sample from a single lot. A sample may be a whole unit, more than one unit, or various portions of a unit. A unit is a single processed piece (can, package, etc.).
If the unit weighs less than TWELVE (12) ounces, select enough units to provide a sample weighing approximately ONE (1) pound.
If the unit weighs more than ONE AND ONE-HALF (12) pounds, send either the entire unit or chop the entire unit and send approximately ONE (1) pound of chopped product for analysis.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place the sample request form in a plastic bag and place it under the shipping container lid, but on top of the insulated lid. If tissue requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail to the laboratory listed on the sample request form.  In Block 28, enter the ingredients statement and the Group 2 protein percent.
Shipment FROZEN (unless otherwise stated on the Sample Request Form). Use sufficient coolant to maintain the specimens in the frozen state. Ship to the laboratory listed on the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL. SHIP samples so that they ARRIVE in the laboratory on a WEEKDAY. Do not ship on Fridays or the day before a Federal holiday.
References MPI Manual, Part 23; 9CFR 318.19, 319.104, and 319.105

 

FSIS Directive 10,210.1
ATTACHMENT 4

RESIDUE SAMPLING

 

Product Sampling - Residue
Egg Products

Program Title Residue Sampling Program for Egg Products
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Designated drug, pesticide or other chemical residue
Specimen to Sample LIQUID: Unpasteurized filtered plain whole egg or yolk (WE/Y)
DRIED: Pasteurized dried plain whole egg or yolk (DY)
Collection Instructions Collect samples prior to formulation.
LIQUID: Collect approximately one (1) ounce of product two times a day for two consecutive days from a storage tank or vat. If the plant
's processing schedule will not permit collecting the product on two consecutive days, collect the sample form a single day's production. Composite the four 1-ounce samples in the plastic sample cup.
DRIED: Collect approximately six (6) ounces of product from a single day
DRIED: Collect approximately six (6) ounces of product from a single day
's production. Collect the sample in the whirl-pak bag.
Identify the cup or whirl-pak bag with the production date, plant name, address, and official plant number.
Place the cup or whirl-pak bag into a plastic bag. Tape this bag closed and place the USDA seal on the tape.
Identify the cup or whirl-pak bag with the production date, plant name, address, and official plant number.
Place the cup or whirl-pak bag into a plastic bag. Tape this bag closed and place the USDA seal on the tape.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place the sample request form in a plastic bag and place it under the shipping container lid, but on top of the insulated lid. If product requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail to the laboratory listed on the sample request form.
Shipment LIQUID: LIQUID or FROZEN. Use sufficient coolant to maintain the specimens in the frozen state.
DRIED: ROOM TEMPERATURE. There is no need to freeze the dried sample or to use coolant for shipping it. Ship to the laboratory listed on the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL. SHIP samples so that they ARRIVE in the laboratory on a WEEKDAY. Do not ship on Fridays or the day before a Federal holiday.
NOTE: If results are not reported within 10 days subsequent to submission of a sample, contact the appropriate supervisor.
References Egg Products Inspectors Handbook, Section 8

 

Product Sampling - Residue
Livestock

Program Title Residue Sampling Program for Slaughtered Livestock
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Designated drug, pesticide or other chemical residue
Specimen to Sample Specimens as identified on FSIS Form 10,210, from the designated slaughter class. Specimens include fat, kidney, liver, muscle, eyeballs, urine, other body fluids or excretions, etc.
Collection Instructions Collect specimens from ONE (1) randomly selected carcass. Collect approximately ONE (1) pound of each requested tissue. Place into separate plastic bags. Close the bags with elastic bands. Place the bagged specimen into a second bag with a label identifying the tissue and carcass class.
Follow special directions provided on the Sample Request Form for fluids and other non-tissue specimens.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place the sample request form into a plastic bag and place it under the shipping container lid, but on top of the insulated lid. If tissue requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail to the laboratory listed on the sample request form.
Shipment FROZEN (unless otherwise stated on the Sample Request Form). Use sufficient coolant to maintain the specimens in the frozen state. Ship to the laboratory listed on the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL. SHIP samples so that they ARRIVE in the laboratory on a WEEKDAY. Do not ship on Fridays or the day before a Federal holiday.
References FSIS Directive 917.1
FSIS Directive 10,530.1
FSIS Directive 10,530.2

 

Product Sampling - Residue
Poultry

Program Title Residue Sampling Program for Poultry
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Designated drug, pesticide or other chemical residue
Specimen to Sample Specimens as identified on FSIS Form 10,210, from the designated class. Specimens include fat, kidney, liver, muscle, etc.
Collection Instructions Collect specimens from randomly selected carcasses. Collect each requested tissue from six (6) different carcasses from one producer=s lot. Place each tissue into a separate plastic bag. Close the bags with elastic bands. Place each bagged specimen into a second bag with a label identifying the tissue and carcass class.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place the sample request form in a plastic bag and place it under the shipping container lid, but on top of the insulated lid. If tissue requested is unavailable for sampling, complete Block 33 and mail to the laboratory listed on the sample request form.
Shipment FROZEN (unless otherwise stated on the Sample Request Form). Use sufficient coolant to maintain the specimens in the frozen state. Ship to the laboratory listed on the sample request form and on the PRE-ADDRESSED LABEL. SHIP samples so that they ARRIVE in the laboratory on a WEEKDAY. Do not ship on Fridays or the day before a Federal holiday.
References MPI Directive 917.1
FSIS Directive 10,530.1
FSIS Directive 10,530.2

 

1997 Product Sampling - Residue (Imports)
Fresh/ Frozen Meat and Poultry Product

Program Title Residue Sampling Program for Imported Fresh/Frozen Product
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Antibiotics, Sulfonamides
Specimen to Sample All meat and poultry species. Fresh kidney tissue may be tested for antibiotics. Do NOT sample product that is practically all fat, skin, bone or a meat by-product such as an organ (other than liver), entrails, offal, or chitterlings.
Collection Instructions Collect ONE (1) pound of liver or muscle tissue. Place into a plastic bag. Close the bag with elastic bands. Place the bagged specimen into a second bag with a label identifying the tissue.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Write the words FRESH PRODUCT in bold letters In Block 18. Place the sample request form into a plastic bag and place it under the shipping container lid, but on top of the insulated lid.
Shipment FROZEN (unless it is a whole unit of "Keep Refrigerated" product). Use sufficient coolant to maintain the specimens in the frozen state. All samples must be mailed via the FSIS-contract overnight delivery/courier service. Mail samples so they arrive at a laboratory on a day it is open. For designated laboratory, reference the chart (FSIS Form 10,520-5) in Import Inspection Procedures Manual, Part 6.
References Import Inspection Procedures Manual, Part 6

 

1997 Product Sampling - Residue (Imports)
Fresh/Frozen Chicken or Turkey Product

Program Title Residue Sampling Program for Imported Fresh/Frozen Chicken or Turkey Product
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Arsenic, Halofuginone
Specimen to Sample Chicken and Turkey. Do NOT sample product that is practically all fat, skin, bone or a poultry by-product such as an organ (other than liver), entrails or offal.
Collection Instructions Collect ONE (1) pound of liver or muscle tissue. Place into a plastic bag. Close the bag with elastic bands. Place the bagged specimen into a second bag with a label identifying the tissue.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Write the words FRESH PRODUCT in bold letters in Block 18. Place the sample request form into a plastic bag and place it under the shipping container lid, but on top of the insulated lid.
Shipment FROZEN (unless it is a whole unit of "Keep Refrigerated" product). Use sufficient coolant to maintain the specimens in the frozen state. All samples must be mailed via the FSIS-contract overnight delivery/courier service. Mail samples so they arrive at a laboratory on a day it is open. For designated laboratory, reference the chart (FSIS Form 10,520-5) in Import Inspection Procedures Manual, Part 6.
References Import Inspection Procedures Manual, Part 6

 

1997 Product Sampling - Residue (Imports)
Processed Chicken and Turkey Products

Program Title Residue Sampling Program for Imported Processed Chicken and Turkey Products
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Arsenic
Specimen to Sample Chicken and Turkey (except highly processed multi-ingredient products such as pâtés and spreads). Do NOT sample product from product codes indicated on the chart (FSIS Form 10,520-4) in Import Inspection Procedures Manual, Part 6. Do NOT sample product that is practically all fat, skin, bone, gravy, broth, soup, sauce, or other highly liquid product where the poultry is not easily separable. Do NOT sample product that is a combination product or cannot be easily separable such as pizza, ravioli, wontons, poultry loaf w/extenders, etc.
Collection Instructions Collect ONE (1) pound of liver/muscle tissue. Place into a plastic bag. Close the bag with elastic bands. Place the bagged specimen into a second bag with a label identifying the tissue.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place the sample request form into a plastic bag and place it under the shipping container lid, but on top of the insulated lid.
Shipment FROZEN (unless it is a whole unit of shelf-stable or "Keep Refrigerated" product). Use sufficient coolant to maintain the specimens in the frozen state. All samples must be mailed via the FSIS-contract overnight delivery/courier service. Mail samples so they arrive at a laboratory on a day it is open. For designated laboratory, reference the chart (FSIS Form 10,520-4) in Import Inspection Procedures Manual, Part 6.
References Import Inspection Procedures Manual, Part 6

 

1997 Product Sampling - Residue (Imports)
Processed Meat and Poultry Products

Program Title Residue Sampling Program for Imported Processed Meat and Poultry Products
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Sulfonamides
Specimen to Sample All meat (except goat) and poultry species. Do NOT sample product from product codes indicated on the chart (FSIS Form 10,520-4) in Import Inspection Procedures Manual, Part 6. Do NOT sample product that is practically all fat, skin, bone, gravy, broth, soup, sauce, or other highly liquid product where the meat or poultry is not easily separable. Do NOT sample product that is a combination product or cannot be easily separable such as pizza, ravioli, wontons, meat loaf w/extenders, etc.
Collection Instructions Collect ONE (1) pound of liver/muscle tissue. Place into a plastic bag. Close the bag with elastic bands. Place the bagged specimen into a second bag with a label identifying the tissue.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Place the sample request form into a plastic bag and place it under the shipping container lid, but on top of the insulated lid.
Shipment FROZEN (unless it is a whole unit of shelf-stable or "Keep Refrigerated" product). Use sufficient coolant to maintain the specimens in the frozen state. All samples must be mailed via the FSIS-contract overnight delivery/courier service. Mail samples so they arrive at a laboratory on a day it is open. For designated laboratory, reference the chart (FSIS Form 10,520-4) in Import Inspection Procedures Manual, Part 6.
References Import Inspection Procedures Manual, Part 6

 

1997 Product Sampling - Residue (Imports)
Fresh/Frozen Meat Product

Program Title Residue Sampling Program for Imported Fresh/Frozen Meat Product
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for Ivermectin
Specimen to Sample All meat species. Do NOT sample product that is practically all fat, skin, bone or a meat by-product such as an organ (other than liver), entrails, offal, or chitterlings.
Collection Instructions Collect ONE (1) pound of liver or muscle tissue. Place into a plastic bag. Close the bag with elastic bands. Place the bagged specimen into a second bag with a label identifying the tissue.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. Write the words FRESH PRODUCT in bold letters in Block 18. Place the sample request form into a plastic bag and place it under the shipping container lid, but on top of the insulated lid.
Shipment FROZEN (unless it is a whole unit of "Keep Refrigerated" product). Use sufficient coolant to maintain the specimens in the frozen state. All samples must be mailed via the FSIS-contract overnight delivery/courier service. Mail samples so they arrive at a laboratory on a day it is open. For designated laboratory, reference the chart (FSIS Form 10,520-5) in Import Inspection Procedures Manual, Part 6.
References Import Inspection Procedures Manual, Part 6

 

1997 Product Sampling - Residue (Imports)
Fresh/Frozen Meat and Poultry Product

Program Title Residue Sampling Program for Imported Fresh/Frozen Meat and Poultry Product
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for CHC/COP
Specimen to Sample All meat and poultry species. Make sure some fat is present OR DO NOT take sample.
Collection Instructions Collect THREE (3) pounds of muscle/fat tissue. Mark samples "CHC/COP". Place into plastic bags. Close the bags with elastic bands. Place the bagged specimens into second bags with a label identifying the tissue.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. One form should be completed per sample. Write the words FRESH PRODUCT in bold letters in Block 18. Place the sample request form into a plastic bag and place it under the shipping container lid, but on top of the insulated lid.
Shipment FROZEN (unless it is a whole unit of "Keep Refrigerated" product). Use sufficient coolant to maintain the specimens in the frozen state. All samples must be mailed via the FSIS-contract overnight delivery/courier service. Mail samples so they arrive at a laboratory on a day it is open. For designated laboratory, reference the chart (FSIS Form 10,520-5) in Import Inspection Procedures Manual, Part 6.
References Import Inspection Procedures Manual, Part 6

 

1997 Product Sampling - Residue (Imports)
Processed Meat and Poultry Products

Program Title Residue Sampling Program for Imported Processed Meat and Poultry Products
Program Dates Ongoing
Analyzed for CHC/COP
Specimen to Sample All meat and poultry species from product codes indicated on the chart (FSIS Form 10,520-4) in Import Inspection Procedures Manual, Part 6.
Collection Instructions Collect THREE (3) pounds of muscle/fat tissue. Mark samples "CHC/COP". Place into plastic bags. Close the bags with elastic bands. Place the bagged specimens into second bags with a label identifying the tissue.
Sample Request Form Fill out the form according to the instructions. One form should be completed per sample. Place the sample request form into a plastic bag and place it under the shipping container lid, but on top of the insulated lid.
Shipment FROZEN (unless it is a whole unit of shelf-stable or "Keep Refrigerated" product). Use sufficient coolant to maintain the specimens in the frozen state. All samples must be mailed via the FSIS-contract overnight delivery/courier service. Mail samples so they arrive at a laboratory on a day it is open. For designated laboratory, reference the chart (FSIS Form 10,520-4) in Import Inspection Procedures Manual, Part 6.
References Import Inspection Procedures Manual, Part 6
 

 

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