WASHINGTON — Notice 17-09: Alternative Methods for Ensuring 12% Lean Tissue in Meat Trimmings, which reissues the information in F.S.I.S. Notice 15-07, was issued by The Food Safety and Inspection Service, according to the American Meat Institute.

The notice provides that establishments may meet the minimum 12% lean-tissue standard in meat trimmings by either visually examining each piece of trimmings or by using statistically-based sampling and analytical testing methods.

If F.S.I.S. inspectors see evidence of obvious repeated incorporation of fat in the materials used for making the meat trimmings, they are to notify their front-line supervisor for assistance in determining whether unscheduled sampling is necessary, according to the notice.

To view this notice, click http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/17-09.pdf

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