FSIS Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Changes to E. Coli and Salmonella Sampling Methods for Beef

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced it intends to change its method of sampling domestic beef manufacturing trimmings and bench trim for adulterant Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Salmonella on February 1, 2023. The agency reports that “the cloth sampling method is faster and safer for FSIS inspection program personnel (IPP) to use because it does not require IPP to use hooks or knives to collect samples. Moreover, the cloth sampling method allows FSIS to sample without destroying product, which reduces food waste.” FSIS will accept public comments on the proposed change through January 23, 2023.