FSIS Begins Industry Implementation of PHIS
FSIS is implementing the industry functionality of the Public Health Information System (PHIS)
to FSIS-inspected domestic establishments and official import inspection establishments. This part of
the system will give industry the ability to respond and view noncompliance records and file appeals.*
It will also give industry the ability to view, export to a PDF, and print reports of sampling results,
noncompliance records (NR), and the establishment profile.
Participation in PHIS is voluntary. Implementation for industry will be conducted in phases through a web
registration process. Establishments will receive a letter with the implementation schedule, as well as
instructions on the web registration process. This information will also be made available at
A start date has been designated for establishments associated with each FSIS district and regional
import field office (full schedule available below). Establishments will not be able to access the system
before the scheduled start dates.
PHIS users with questions or issues may contact the FSIS Service Desk at 1-800-473-9135. As a reminder,
if an establishment elects to use PHIS, a Level 2 USDA eAuthentication (eAuth) account must be obtained
to enroll and access the system. Steps for obtaining an eAuth account have been published in the FSIS
Constituent Update and are available on the FSIS website.
- February 25, 2013 – Alameda*
- March 4, 2013 – Atlanta
- March 11, 2013 – Chicago and Dallas
- March 18, 2013 – Denver, Des Moines and all official import inspection establishments
- March 25, 2013 – Jackson and Philadelphia
- April 1, 2013 – Raleigh and Springdale
*NOTE: Establishments in Alameda will have the capability to file appeals in PHIS beginning March 1.
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Export Requirement Updates
The Library of Export Requirements has been updated to reflect changes in export requirements for the following countries:
- European Union
Complete information can be found at
Codex Public Meeting
FSIS and the FDA are hosting a public meeting to receive comments and draft U.S. positions that are scheduled
to be discussed at the 41st Session of the Codex Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL) in Charlottetown, Canada.
The public meeting is scheduled for April 17, from 1-3 p.m. at USDA's Jamie L. Whitten Bldg., 1400 Independence
Ave., SW, Rm. 107-A, Washington, DC 20250.
Agenda items include: implementation of the World Health Organization Global Strategy on Diet, Physical
Activity and Health; proposed draft revision of the guidelines on nutrition and health claims concerning
non-addition of sodium salts; and guidelines for the production, processing, labeling and marketing of
organically produced foods.
Documents and agenda items related to the 41st session of the CCFL will be available at
For more information about the public meeting, contact Doreen Chen-Moulec at (202) 205-7760 or
Get Answers at askFSIS
AskFSIS is a web-based technology and policy question-and-answer forum on topics such as exporting,
labeling, inspection, programs and procedures. In addition, askFSIS offers Really Simple Syndication
(RSS) feeds that link back to the Q&As.
Visit http://askfsis.custhelp.com/ to view recently posted topics.
Spanish-Language Virtual Expert Answers Food Safety Questions on Your Smartphone
FSIS' Spanish-language food safety app is available to consumers around the clock on their mobile devices.
Mobile Pregúntele a Karen is the Spanish-language version of Mobile Ask Karen, the virtual expert who
answers smartphone users' questions about properly handling, storing and preparing food to prevent illness.
The English version of Mobile Ask Karen was launched in May 2011.
Both Mobile Pregúntele a Karen, which is optimized for iOS and Android devices, and the desktop-based
Pregúntele a Karen are available 24 hours a day at m.PregunteleaKaren.gov
Consumers can also e-mail, chat with a live representative, or call USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline directly
from the app. To use these features on the app, simply choose "Contact Us" from the menu. The live chat
option and the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline, 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854), are available in
Spanish and English from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
FSIS Policy Updates
FSIS issues notices and directives to protect public health. All notices and directives are available at
The following policy updates were recently issued:
- Notice 13-13, FSIS Sampling for the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System
- Notice 14-13, Export of Product with a Country Label Designation Different from the Export Certificate Designation
February 25, 2013