The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued Notice 17-09: Alternative Methods for Ensuring 12 Percent Lean Tissue in Meat Trimmings, which reissues the information in FSIS Notice 15-07. The notice provides that establishments may meet the minimum 12 percent lean tissue standard in meat trimmings by either visually examining each piece of trimmings or by using statistically-based sampling and analytical testing methods.

According to the notice, if FSIS 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.

To view this notice, click here.