products. Therefore, the committee recommends that Agricultural Marketing Service consider permitting July 2010 TRS-GB noncompliant products to be used in cooked meat products purchased through USDA food and nutrition programs if they meet FSIS requirements.
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 recommends that the Agricultural Marketing Service address that inconsistency.
The committee recommends that the Agricultural Marketing Service—through partnerships with the Agricultural Research Service, the Food Safety and Inspection Service, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—follow developments associated with pathogens of current concern and other emerging pathogens to develop strategies for the protection of vulnerable consumers (such as schoolchildren and the elderly). The Agricultural Marketing Service outreach for advice should continue and be expanded by considering the use of existing advisory committees, such as the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods.