|Food Safety and Inspection
United States Department of Agriculture
Washington, D.C. 20250-3700
Communications to Congress
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), a public health regulatory agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is responsible for ensuring that the commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products in the United States is safe, wholesome, and accurately labeled, as required by the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, and the Egg Products Inspection Act.
This report summarizes FSIS initiatives and accomplishments, domestic and export inspection activities, and foreign program review and reinspection activities in 1999. Information about domestic and export inspection is presented on a fiscal year basis to coincide with the congressional budget process. Information on review of foreign inspection systems and import reinspection is presented on a calendar year basis, as required by law.
Section I of this report describes the organization and responsibilities of FSIS.
Section II describes FSIS' fiscal year (FY) 1999 (October 1, 1998, through September 30, 1999) initiatives and accomplishments to better protect the public health and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Federal inspection system.
Section III lists the enforcement actions that FSIS took during FY 1999.
Section IV gives a statistical summary of domestic and export inspection activities for FY 1999.
Section V provides a statistical summary of FSIS reviews of foreign inspection systems and import reinspection activities for calendar year 1999.
This annual report is submitted to the Committee on Agriculture of the U.S. House of Representatives and to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the U.S. Senate as required by sections 301(c)(4) and 20(e) of the Federal Meat Inspection Act, as amended (21 U.S. Code 661 and 21 U.S. Code 620); sections 27 and 5(c)(4) of the Poultry Products Inspection Act, as amended (21 U.S. Code 470 and 21 U.S. Code 454); and section 26 of the Egg Products Inspection Act, as amended (21 U.S. Code 1054).
Questions about the report or about FSIS may be directed to the Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.
Issued March 2001
|1-1||Organizational Structure of the Food Safety and Inspection Service|
|1-2||Major Field Operations Offices|
|4-1||Number of Federally Inspected Plants and FSIS Field Operations Employees by Location|
|4-2||Number of Federally Inspected Meat, Poultry, and Combination Meat and Poultry and Other Plants By Location|
|4-3||Number and Types of Plants Operating Under Federal Inspection as of September 30, 1998|
|4-4||Federal-State Cooperative Inspection Plants|
|4-5||Livestock Federally Inspected|
|4-6||Poultry Federally Inspected|
|4-8||Livestock and Poultry Carcasses Condemned|
|4-10||Laboratory Samples Analyzed|
|4-12||Dates USDA Assumed Intrastate Inspection|
|4-13||State Inspection Programs|
|4-14||Major Recipients of U.S. Meat Exports|
|4-15||Major Recipients of U.S. Poultry Exports|
|4-16||Change in Meat Exports|
|4-17||Change in Poultry Exports|
|5-1||Foreign Plants Authorized to Export Products to the United States and Number of Inspectors|
|5-2||Source of Products Imported into the United States By Volume and Percentage|
|5-3||Types of Product Imported into the United States By Percentage|
|5-4||Imported Meat and Poultry Passed for Entry for All Products|
|5-5||Imported Meat and Poultry Condemned and/or Refused Entry for All Products|
|5-6||Reasons for Product Rejection|
It is the mission of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure that meat, poultry, and egg products prepared for distribution in interstate and foreign commerce for use as human food are safe, wholesome, and accurately labeled and packaged. FSIS administers and enforces the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA), the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA), the Egg Products Inspection Act (EPIA), and the regulations that implement these laws. Oversight of the Agency is provided by the Under Secretary for Food Safety’s Office of Food Safety.
Responsibilities of FSIS to ensure food safety include the following:
Exhibit 1-1 Organizational Structure of the Food Safety and Inspection Service - PDF document [D]
Exhibit 1-2 Approved Major Field Operations Offices
NOTE: This exhibit shows Headquarters (Washington, DC), the Technical Service Center (Omaha, NE), and district offices in Salem, OR; Alameda, CA; Boulder, CO; Minneapolis, MN; Madison, WI; Des Moines, IO; Lawrence, KS; Springdale, AR; Dallas, TX, Chicago, IL; Jackson, MS; Pickerington, OH; Atlanta, GA; Albany, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Beltsville, MD, and Raleigh, NC. For detailed information, see list of current field offices.
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For Further Information Contact:
FSIS Congressional and Public Affairs Staff
Phone: (202) 720-3897
Fax: (202) 720-5704
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