On June 21, 2016 a new rule will change the beef grinding process for an estimated 71,000 companies in the United States. The new requirements not only affects inspected facilities, but also exempt facilities, where they regularly mix cuts of beef from various sources.
The new Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) rule will now require exempt facilities to keep records of the source, supplier and cuts of meat that are being used to prepare raw ground beef products. In addition, sanitation practices throughout the entire process will also be recorded on a lot-to-lot basis. This will allow the agency to better determine the source of a foodborne illness.