considered by an FSIS panel to be most strongly related to public health and, thus, indicative of a definite loss of process control. About 12 percent of all possible NRs were identified as W3NRs.

Zero tolerance FSIS policy that has been established for E. coli O157:H7 in non-intact raw beef products and for Salmonella, L. monocytogenes, and E. coli O157:H7 in RTE meat and poultry products. Contamination of those products with these microorganisms is considered adulteration by FSIS; therefore, regulatory action is taken if these pathogens are present in those products.



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