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USDA/FSIS RIN: 0583-AC46 Publication ID: Spring 2011 
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
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 Extended 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 Reopened End  05/09/2005    
Affirmation of Interim Final Rule  01/00/2012    
Final Action  03/00/2012    
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., 349-E JWB,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:202 205-0495
Fax:202 720-2025

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