MPSC's Evolution of Success
USDA Pilot Programs and foreign operations focused on experimentation with parameters and optimization. Different substrate formulations, application methodologies, and engineering concepts were tested. Research was centered at Michigan State University under Dr. Thayne Dutson.
Answering the Regulators’ Questions
Having now optimized the technology and thinking about obtaining Federal Approvals, MPSC began a new phase of research. This included inspection impact and product safety (micro dissemination tests, antimicrobial effects) at Kansas State University under James L. Marsden and at the University of Minnesota.
Australia & New Zealand
Australia and New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA) approvals were obtained, along with approvals by requisite authorities in the states of Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales. First two commercial beef R&C operations in Australia began in the state of Victoria. CSIRO study.
USDA Commercial Trial Approved
USDA approved Commercial Trial for the first US plant located in Colorado. Protocol approved for verification of previously validated data sets utilizing large sample sizes: residues, retained moisture, and microbiological assessments of carcass and organs.
Commercial Trial Extension
USDA approved additional establishments under Commercial Trial of Rinse & Chill®, as well as for “Natural” meats. Both grain-fed and lean beef animals harvested via R&C in TX and CA establishments. Favorable data sets again obtained for lower micro and no retained moisture.
AQIS, FSANZ Status
Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) approved Rinse & Chill® technology. AQIS and additional USDA Commercial Implementations began.
USDA “No Objection” Status Received
MPSC submitted its final report on the Commercial Trial in October of 2004. USDA granted full “No Objection” status sixty days later in December. This allowed MPSC to fully commercialize R&C in beef and bison.
AQIS “No Objection” Status Obtained
Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) “No Objection” status is obtained stipulating similar conditions to USDA’s letter of “No Objection”. Market Access Advice obtained for US export from Australia.
Canadian and Japanese Approval
After many years of submissions and review, Health Canada Novel Foods, CFIA and Japan “No Objection” statuses are obtained.
USDA Offals Labeling Exemption
FSIS determined the processing aid definition is met for substrate ingredients in R&C byproducts. No labeling of these substrates is therefore required for further processed products.
USDA “No Objection” Status - Pork
USDA “No Objection” for pork obtained after initial R&D and data collection.
New Zealand Approval, First Commercial Operations
New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) “No Objection” status obtained. First commercial lamb plant implementation of Rinse & Chill® occurred on the South Island.
US Lamb Approval
USDA Lamb and Goat “No Objection” status granted by FSIS.
Rinse & Chill Meets the Definition of a Processing Aid
Australian Department of Agriculture confirms Rinse & Chill® meets the definition of a Processing Aid. [Food Standards Code- Standard 1.3.3- Processing aids.]