Foreign material is any extraneous material which does not organically belong
where found, which has been introduced from the outside, or which does not naturally
occur in the quantity found at the location examined. This can include body parts from
rodents and/or birds, excreta, chemical compounds, glass, oil, sawdust, wood, and so forth.
DETERIORATION FROM UNKNOWN CAUSE
Examine the product for deteriorative changes. If the changes have been
identified but a cause is not known, notify the veterinary officer. The veterinary officer
will determine the cause of the condition. If the cause cannot be determined, then the
veterinary officer will have you prepare a sample of the product for submission to the
medical laboratory. For further information, see subcourse MD0704, Inspection
Records and Reports.
DETERMINING THE AMOUNT, SEVERITY, AND EXTENT OF A
Following the determination of the deteriorative conditions in semiperishable
subsistence, determine the amount of deterioration present in the product. You, the
91R20, will determine the severity and extent of the condition utilizing contractual
documents or local SOP, as applicable. This information may have already been
supplied by the 91R10 veterinary food inspection specialist's inspection reports.
Section II. DETERMINATION OF POTENTIAL HEALTH HAZARDS,
RECOMMENDATIONS, AND REFERENCES
HEALTH HAZARDS IN SEMIPERISHABLE SUBSISTENCE
a. General. Determine the existence of any potential health hazard, based
upon the type and amount of product deterioration. A health hazard is defined as any
subsistence that could harm a person's health and/or well-being.
b. Oxidative Rancidity. If this condition is present in severe quantities, a
potential health hazard may exist. For a discussion on the potential health hazard of
oxidative rancidity in foods, see paragraph 1-14.