Verification Procedures for Lethality and Stabilization - Revision 2
This directive is being re-issued to clarify that inspection program personnel (IPP) are not to issue a Noncompliance Record (NR) solely because an establishment uses the 1999 versions of FSIS Appendix A and B as scientific support. This change was made in response to askFSIS questions. This directive continues to provide IPP with instructions for verifying lethality and stabilization processes at establishments that make ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products. It also covers the stabilization processes in establishments that make not ready-to-eat (NRTE) heat treated, not fully cooked, meat and poultry products, including but not limited to partially cooked and char-marked meat patties and partially cooked poultry breakfast strips.
This directive replaces the older versions of the lethality and stabilization directives that were last issued in 1989 and 1999. FSIS combined the two older directives into one to streamline information. FSIS has updated and revised this directive in its entirety to clarify requirements for lethality and stabilization and make it consistent with Inspection Tasks that IPP perform, as described in FSIS Directive 5000.1, Verifying an Establishment’s Food Safety System and FSIS Directive 5000.6, Performance of the Hazard Analysis Verification (HAV) Task. This directive also includes new information for verifying lethality and stabilization processes during fermentation/acidification, saltcuring, and drying and for evaluating heating and cooling deviations. Lastly, this directive provides instructions for supervisory personnel in Section X assisting IPP to verify establishment’s lethality and stabilization procedures as described in FSIS Directive 5000.1 and FSIS Directive 5000.6.