New guidance practices for sampling, lotting and testing beef products were released this week at the ninth annual Beef Industry Food Safety Summit, hosted by the Beef Industry Food Safety Council. The new "Guidance Document for Sampling and Lotting of Beef Products and Sample Analysis for Pathogens" will assist beef processing companies in implementing proven pathogen-testing programs as part of a multiple-hurdle food safety system aimed at advancing beef safety.
James Reagan, chairman of BIFSCo and senior vice president of research, education and innovation for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, says the number one goal is to eliminate pathogens from the beef supply by placing multiple hurdles along the beef production chain. Effective and accurate sampling, lotting and testing schemes are essential in establishing sound food safety programs for the beef industry. Product testing is a way to validate that the multiple hurdles are working to reduce the incidence of potential pathogens in the food supply.
"This new guidance document brings together the industry's best knowledge coupled with years of experience in developing efficient and accurate sampling, lotting and pathogen analysis systems," Reagan said. "The new guidelines plainly explain the proper procedures and methods that should be used to sample, lot and analyze different types of beef products."