Verification Procedures for Enforcement, Investigations and Analysis Officers (EIAOs) for the Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) Regulation and Routine Risk-Based Listeria monocytogenes (RLm) Sampling Program - Revision 3
A. This directive provides Enforcement, Investigations and Analysis Officers (EIAOs) with instructions for collecting samples under the Routine Risk-based Lm (RLm) sampling program. The RLm sampling program includes the collection of product, food contact, and environmental (non-food contact) samples, tested for Lm, in conjunction with a routine Food Safety Assessment (FSA). In addition, this directive provides instructions to District Office (DO) personnel and EIAOs for scheduling RLm sampling. B. FSIS is revising this directive to provide instructions to EIAOs for collecting environmental samples under the RLMENVC sampling program that will be composited by FSIS laboratories. It also provides EIAOs with instructions for performing RLm sampling in establishments that temporarily alter their routine practices. In addition, this directive provides EIAOs with instructions for collecting product samples under the RLMPRODC sampling program that started in January 2013. Under this program, FSIS has increased the number of product samples from 3 to 5 per unit, and the samples are composited by FSIS laboratories. This directive also provides EIAOs with instructions for verifying that establishments hold or control readyto-eat (RTE) products that FSIS has tested for pathogens or that have passed over direct food contact surfaces that FSIS has tested for pathogens pending the results of that testing. In addition, this directive provides new instructions for submitting samples when interventions such as high-pressure processing (HPP) are applied.
- DO scheduling of RLm sampling
- EIAO sampling procedures for the RLm Sampling Program
- Actions in establishments that temporarily alter routine practices during sampling