Verification Instructions Related to Specified Risk Materials in Cattle of all Ages - Revision 1
This directive provides updated instructions on how to verify and document that establishments meet 9 CFR 310.22 requirements using food safety system (i.e. HACCP, Sanitation SOP verification, Hazard Analysis) and the dedicated Specified Risk Material (SRM) Control Verification task from FSIS Notice 26-16. Inspection program personnel (IPP) are to also continue verifying that all cattle slaughter and processing establishments that handle SRMs have written procedures describing the removal, segregation, and disposition of SRMs using food safety system and other SRM-related tasks in the Public Health Inspection System (PHIS).
- Tonsils and distal small intestine are SRMs in cattle of all ages, including veal
- Cattle over 30 months of age have additional SRMs defined in 9 CFR 310.22(a)
- IPP perform hands-on product and records-based verification of the establishment’s SRM control programs when performing the SRM Control Verification task
- While performing any SRM-related task in PHIS, IPP are to cite all 9 CFR 310.22 regulations that they verify. IPP are to also indicate the specific regulation(s) found not in compliance
Verification of SRM Removal Including Tonsils