Specified Risk Material (SRM) of Bovine, Ovine, and Caprine Origin Materials Free Certificate

Specified risk material (SRM) is those parts of cattle, sheep and goats that are most likely to pose a risk of infectivity if the animal from which it comes from was infected with a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) disease.

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SRMs are found in cattle of all ages. The age of cattle determines which SRMs require segregation, removal and disposal. Tonsils and the distal ileum of the small intestine are SRMs from cattle of any age. Several tissues are SRMs only in cattle 30 months of age and older (OTM+). For cattle 30 months of age or older, additional SRMs are the skull, brain, trigeminal ganglia (nerves attached to the brain), eyes, spinal cord, vertebral column (excluding the vertebrae of the tail, the transverse processes of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, and the wings of the sacrum), and dorsal root ganglia (nerves attached to the spinal cord).

Establishments’ Specified Risk Material Control Programs

Establishments that slaughter cattle, and establishments that process carcasses or parts of cattle with SRMs, must develop, implement, and maintain written procedures for segregating, removing, and disposing of SRMs. These procedures must address potential contamination of edible materials with SRMs before, during, and after entry into the establishment. Establishments must incorporate their procedures for the segregation, removal, and disposition of specified risk materials into their HACCP plans, Sanitation SOPs or other prerequisite programs.

Specified Risk Material Control Verification Task

FSIS designed the SRM Control Verification task to verify the implementation of establishments’ SRM control programs through review of records and direct observation. The SRM Control Verification task:

 Helps reduce the need for recalls due to SRM distribution in commerce,

 Verifies the establishment’s written SRM procedures and records,

 Documents the direct observation of the segregation, removal, and

disposal of SRMs,

 Specifies a minimum frequency for SRM compliance verification, and

 Supports the United States’ BSE negligible risk status.

Before conducting the SRM Control Verification task, IPP must already be familiar with the written procedures in the establishment’s SRM control program. When performing the SRM Control Verification task, IPP are to verify that establishments maintain adequate written SRM procedures and records and,

through direct observation, the segregation, removal, and disposal of SRMs by the establishment. IPP are to complete the SRM Control Verification task by performing Review and Observation and Record Keeping activities (components). IPP select the “both” radio button for the task in PHIS

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