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USDA/FSIS RIN: 0583-AC46 Publication ID: Spring 2010 
Title: Performance Standards for the Production of Processed Meat and Poultry Products; Control of Listeria Monocytogenes in Ready-To-Eat Meat and Poultry Products 
Abstract: FSIS has proposed to establish pathogen reduction performance standards for all ready-to-eat (RTE) and partially heat-treated meat and poultry products, and measures, including testing, to control Listeria monocytogenes in RTE products. The performance standards spell out the objective level of pathogen reduction that establishments must meet during their operations in order to produce safe products, but allow the use of customized, plant-specific processing procedures other than those prescribed in the earlier regulations. With HACCP, food safety performance standards give establishments the incentive and flexibility to adopt innovative, science-based food safety processing procedures and controls, while providing objective, measurable standards that can be verified by Agency inspectional oversight. This set of performance standards will include and be consistent with standards already in place for certain ready-to-eat meat and poultry products. 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 9 CFR 301; 9 CFR 303; 9 CFR 317; 9 CFR 318; 9 CFR 319; 9 CFR 320; 9 CFR 325; 9 CFR 331; 9 CFR 381; 9 CFR 417; 9 CFR 430; 9 CFR 431 
Legal Authority: 21 USC 451 et seq; 21 USC 601 et seq 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/27/2001  66 FR 12590 
NPRM Comment Period End  05/29/2001   
NPRM Comment Period Extended  07/03/2001  66 FR 35112 
NPRM Comment Period End  09/10/2001   
Interim Final Rule  06/06/2003  68 FR 34208 
Interim Final Rule Effective  10/06/2003   
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  01/31/2005   
NPRM Comment Period Reopened  03/24/2005  70 FR 15017 
NPRM Comment Period End  05/09/2005   
Affirmation of Interim Final Rule  03/00/2011   
Final Action  03/00/2011   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Dr. Daniel L. Engeljohn
Assistant Administrator, Office of Policy and Program Development
Department of Agriculture
Food Safety and Inspection Service
Room 402 Cotton Annex Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:202 205-0495
Fax:202 401-1760
Email: daniel.engeljohn@fsis.usda.gov

 
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