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In April, 2011, FSIS announced the availability of a compliance guideline for small and very small meat and poultry establishments on the safe production of RTE products (76 FR 22667). FSIS also solicited comments on the guidance at that time. In response to comments received, FSIS has updated the guidance document to provide more options for achieving lethality in RTE meat and poultry products and to clarify issues. FSIS has also added an appendix to the document.
FSIS received two comment letters in response to the
Following is a discussion of these comments and FSIS's responses.
According to one commenter, small and very small meat processors in the U.S. represent 5 percent of the total meat production volume, but 95 percent of the total meat processing businesses in the U.S. This commenter suggested that the guidelines not be limited to small and very small establishments but rather should be addressed to the whole industry.
This commenter requested clarification about FSIS's expectations related to the application of the parameters outlined in Appendix A (specifically, relative humidity and dwell time) to all RTE products—not just cooked, roasted, and corned beef products.
In addition, both commenters strongly encouraged FSIS to fund research that would update existing Agency resources to reflect modern processing practices.
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