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Roger Sockman

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2008 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced a public meeting to review federal and industry procedures for sampling and testing issues associated with raw beef and trimmings, particularly for E. coli O157:H7.

The public meeting will be held on Oct. 14 and 15, 2008, at L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L'Enfant Plaza, SW., Washington, DC 20024. On Oct. 14, the public meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., and on Oct. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The public meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss and solicit comments on issues associated with the uniformity and consistency of sampling and testing methods for E. coli O157:H7 by the Agency and industry. Additionally, FSIS will discuss a more sensitive enrichment broth for E. coli O157:H7 sampling implemented in January 2008. The Agency will also present enhancements in field and scheduled sample collection techniques.

FSIS will present draft compliance guidelines for E. coli O157:H7 sampling for beef trimmings as well as draft guidance on the use of labels bearing voluntary E. coli O157:H7 testing claims. For example, a voluntary E. coli O157:H7 testing claim might indicate that the product has been sampled under a certain procedure.

Presentations on training for FSIS personnel on E. coli O157:H7 sampling and for industry N60 sampling procedures will also be provided.

Additionally, stakeholders are invited to address issues of concern for other pathogens such as Campylobacter, Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella.

To pre-register for this meeting, please visit our website at www.fsis.usda.gov, and fill out the registration form. For additional information or persons requiring a sign language interpreter or special accommodations should contact Keith Payne as soon as possible at Keith.Payne@fsis.usda.gov.

The agenda and other related information will be available prior to the meeting on FSIS' Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/
Meetings_&_Events/index.asp
.

Comments regarding the public meeting must be received on or before Nov. 14, 2008, through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov, or by mail to: Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 2534, South Building, Washington, DC 20250.

All submissions received through the Federal eRulemaking Portal or by mail must reference the Food Safety and Inspection Service and include the docket number "FSIS-2008-0035."
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