This course will help you interpret updated USDA guidelines and better understand how to ensure the safety and quality of your RTE meat and poultry products.
The USDA has had regulations in place since 1999 covering lethality and chilling (stabilization) performance standards for certain fully-cooked meat and poultry products. Processors who make these specific products are required to meet these performance standards or develop scientifically-based control measures delivering an equivalent margin of safety.
While not legally required, the agency expects producers of all other meat and poultry products to also follow these standards as part of their HACCP plan. The USDA recently published updated guidelines to address both lethality (Appendix A) and stabilization (Appendix B) controls.
These guidelines were revised in response to changing scientific knowledge, comments from users and academia, and a recognition that some standards are difficult to meet.
This course deciphers the language in the revised appendices, reviews the impacts of these revisions and offers insights on how to address both lethality and stabilization controls to minimize impacts on the producer.
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