|Introduction and Use of the Interactive Knowledge Exchange (IKE)
In a continuing effort to enhance and improve the
scientific basis of our inspection activities, the Food
Safety and Inspection Service is implementing a new
service to facilitate greater sharing of knowledge and
information with, and among, FSIS field personnel. This
new service is identified as the "Interactive Knowledge
Exchange (IKE)," and is described below.
The Interactive Knowledge Exchange (IKE) is a new tool
available to all Field Operations' employees. It is
provided to help employees keep current, and correlated,
on regulatory requirements, directives, notices, HACCP,
SOP, and/or agency sampling programs. IKE allows,
through the use of fictional scenarios, an employee to
review FSIS requirements, and hopefully, to correlate
with his or her work-group and supervisor regarding the
application of those requirements.
The IKE system works in the following manner:
- A scenario pertaining to an inspection related
subject will be sent bi-weekly to all Field
Operations employees, utilizing the "FAIM" and
"Outlook" e-mail systems. Each scenario will include
a " what would you do?" or "what is the correct
action to take?" section, with suggested solutions
to problems or issues raised in the scenario.
- Any employee may ask questions regarding these
scenarios. It is believed, however, that the
greatest benefit may be gained from discussions of
the scenarios and questions within individual work
groups and with supervisors. If questions pertaining
to any of the scenarios or answers given on IKE are
not resolved through discussions within the
work-group or with the supervisor, they should be
submitted to the following email
- Questions received concerning the scenarios will
be evaluated, researched and answered by Technical
Service Center (TSC) specialists. Note: The
responder may vary depending on the question asked;
e.g. slaughter question to a slaughter specialist,
or labeling to a labeling specialist, etc.
- Information generated through the Interactive
Knowledge Exchange (IKE) process may be used at work
unit meetings, District Meetings, or meetings with
plant management. The scenarios, and any subsequent
questions and answers are intended to aid Field
Operations' employees through increased
understanding and correlation of regulations,
policies, and standards for the inspection of meat,
poultry, and egg products.
- Using this system will help us
continually improve in our role as a public health regulatory
agency. I am confident the IKE program will be a success, and I urge
you to take advantage of this new tool for learning and
- All IKE Scenarios are in the IKE Public Folder.
For IKE related questions, send mail to
Send all other general questions, to
Technical Service Center address.