|Food Safety and Inspection
United States Department of Agriculture
Washington, D.C. 20250-3700
The Generic HACCP Model for Heat Treated, Shelf Stable Meat and Poultry Products was developed and revised due to concerns raised following an outbreak of salmonellosis linked to beef jerky. Specifically, control of humidity during heating, and the use of water activity, rather than moisture protein ratio, as a measure of proper drying for shelf-stability or safety were added to the generic model. In addition, revisions were made to the outdated parts of the plan and model. The complete model is available on FSIS' Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/nis/outreach/models/models.htm along with a compliance guideline for meat and poultry jerky at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/nis/outreach/models/Jerkyguidelines.htm.
On March 1, 2004, FSIS released the Quarterly Enforcement Report. The report provides a summary of FSIS' enforcement actions taken to ensure that products that reach consumers are safe and wholesome. The full report can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/oa/haccp/QER1FY2004.pdf. *
The Food Safety and Inspection Service is offering laboratory training sessions on the histological and immunohistochemical methods and identification of risk material in advanced meat recovery product (AMR). The registration fee is $250.00 per person and training sessions will be held at the FSIS Eastern Laboratory in Athens, Georgia. Sessions are expected to last two to three days, but no dates have been set for the sessions until interest can be gauged. Those interested in attending should contact Krystal Thorn via e-mail at AMR.Training@fsis.usda.gov or call (979) 260-9562 by March 15, 2004.
The Library of Export Requirements has been updated to reflect changes in export requirements for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Canada, Costa Rica, the European Union, French Polynesia (Tahiti), Japan, Mexico, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russia, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates. Complete information can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OFO/export/explib.htm
A number of public meetings have been scheduled to occur prior to Codex Committee sessions this year. The Delegates to the Codex Committee on Food Additives and Contaminants (CCFAC), the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS), the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) and the Codex Committee on Milk and Milk Products (CCMMP) have all posted public meetings. The dates, times and locations for theses meetings are available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/oa/codex/meeting.htm.
On March 6, 2004, the final BSE Teaching Workshop will be held in Binghamton, New York. Participants will be presented with an explanation of the new BSE regulatory requirements, and they will receive technical assistance and resource materials. The feedback from previous workshops has been positive. FSIS encourages participants to pre-register by calling (800) 384-3100 or clicking on the following Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/forms/reg_binghamton.asp. The date and location of the workshop are:
|March 6, 2004||* New Location *
New York State Office of General Services
Binghamton State Office Building
44 Hawley Street
Binghamton, New York
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FSIS Constituent Affairs Program
Phone: (202) 720-9113
Fax: (202) 720-5704