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USDA/FSIS RIN: 0583-AD53 Publication ID: Fall 2014 
Title: Affirmation of Interim Final Rule With Amendments: Control of Listeria Monocytogenes in Ready-to-Eat Meat and Poultry Products 

FSIS is affirming, with changes, the interim final rule "Control of Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-to-Eat Meat and Poultry Products," which was published in the Federal Register on June 6, 2003, (68 FR 34208; June 6, 2003). The interim final rule requires establishments that produce certain ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products that are exposed to the processing environment after undergoing treatments lethal to Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) to have in their hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) plans, or in their sanitation standard operating procedures (Sanitation SOPs), or other prerequisite programs, controls that prevent product adulteration by Lm. Establishments must share with FSIS data and information relevant to their controls for Lm. Establishments also must furnish FSIS with information on the production volume of products affected by the regulations. Establishments may make claims on the labels of their RTE products regarding the processes they use to eliminate or reduce Lm, or suppress, or limit its growth in the products. FSIS is proposing to make minor changes to regulatory provisions in response to comments that the Agency received and on the basis of experience in implementing the interim final rule. Specific Lm references would be removed from hold-and-test provisions to clarify that establishments may not release product that has been in contact with Lm-contaminated surfaces without reprocessing. In addition, FSIS would reduce the reporting frequency for establishments that maintain essentially the same processing methods, Listeria controls, and production volumes from year to year. FSIS will request comments on these minor changes.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 9 CFR 430   
Legal Authority: Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 USC 601 et seq)    Poultry Products Inspection Act (21 USC 451 et seq)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/00/2015 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
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