FSIS Industry Guideline for Minimizing the Risk of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli (STEC) in Beef (including Veal) Slaughter Operations
Guideline ID FSIS-GD-2021-0008
Issue Date July 2021
Replaces: 2017 Version of the Guideline
This guideline helps establishments that slaughter beef (including veal) to implement effective sanitary dressing procedures designed to prevent carcass contamination; implement effective decontamination and antimicrobial interventions; properly assess microbial testing results; and use the results to assess the effectiveness of the overall HACCP system. This guideline relates to 9 CFR 310.18(a), 9 CFR 416.1 through 416.5, 9 CFR 417.2(a)(1), 9 CFR 417.2(c)(3), 9 CFR 417.4(a)(2), 9 CFR 417.5(a)(1), and 9 CFR 417.5(a)(2).
Disclaimer: The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.