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USDA launches LEARN


The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has launched a new notification system that will provide electronic status reports on testing samples taken from meat, poultry, and egg product establishments. The Laboratory Electronic Application for Results Notification (LEARN) system will allow FSIS field personnel, agency staff, establishments, and state officials, to electronically monitor information on species identification, food chemistry, microbiological samples, and completed Salmonella/HACCP sets. After a pilot test in several FSIS districts, LEARN, as the program is known, is now online across the country. The system tracks sample as it is received, analysed, and the results are reported. The reports state whether a microbiological test - such as listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat meat and poultry products or E. Coli O157:H7 in raw ground beef products - initially indicates the presence of a pathogen. When confirmation testing on a potential or presumptive positive is complete, a report with the final analysis is posted.

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