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An Evaluation of the Food Safety Requirements of the Federal Purchase Ground Beef Program
products. Therefore, the committee recommends that Agricultural Marketing Serviceconsider permitting July 2010TRS-GBnoncompliant products to be used in cookedmeat products purchased through USDA food and nutrition programs if they meet FSISrequirements.
The overall procedures in the June 2010 Statement of Work for the testing of supplier samples by AMS-accredited laboratories appear to be appropriate. However, the committee found one inconsistency involving the reporting of E. coli O157:H7 between procedures in the AMS June 2010 Statement of Work for AMS-accredited laboratories and the USDA FSIS Microbiological Laboratory Guidebook, which it referenced. The committee recommendsthat the Agricultural Marketing Service address that inconsistency.
The committee recommends that the Agricultural Marketing Service—throughpartnerships with the Agricultural Research Service, the Food Safety and InspectionService, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—follow developmentsassociated with pathogens of current concern and other emerging pathogens to developstrategies for the protection of vulnerable consumers (such as schoolchildren and theelderly). The Agricultural Marketing Service outreach for advice should continue andbe expanded by considering the use of existing advisory committees, such as theNational Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods.