On August 13, 2014, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture published in the Federal Register a notice announcing that it will implement new traceback procedures when FSIS or another Federal or State agency finds raw ground beef or bench trim presumptive positive for Escherichia coli O157:H7.  FSIS is also announcing that it will begin requesting an establishment to recall product if an establishment was the sole supplier of beef manufacturing trimmings source materials for ground beef product that FSIS or another Federal or State agency finds positive for E. coli O157:H7, evidence suggests that the contamination most likely occurred at the supplier establishment, and a portion of the product from the originating source lot produced by the supplier establishment was sent to other establishments.  FSIS is also clarifying circumstances when the Agency will ask suppliers of product used in bench trim to recall the product.   FSIS is also announcing the availability of updated guidance documents.  In addition, FSIS is responding to comments on the May 7, 2012, Federal Register notice, ‘‘Changes to FSIS Traceback, Recall Procedures for Escherichia coli O157:H7 Positive Raw Beef Product, and Availability of final Compliance Guidelines.”  Please contact us if you have any questions.