|Food Safety and Inspection
United States Department of Agriculture
Washington, D.C. 20250-3700
News and Information
On March 19, 2004, FSIS issued a notice (FSIS 20-04) to inspection personnel outlining proper guidelines and required information when reordering supplies and forms from laboratories. Specific questions regarding these procedures may be directed to the Technical Service Center. The notice is available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/20-04.htm.
FSIS is seeking research proposals to identify, develop, and validate new technologies that are economically viable and assist small/very small meat, poultry, or egg product plants in meeting food safety requirements. For details on proposal requirements see the announcement at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/oa/topics/coop_agreement_proposal.htm.
FSIS will continue accepting comments on the new BSE regulations until April 12, 2004. Any comments should be directed to: FSIS Docket Clerk, Docket #03-0381F, Room 102, Cotton Annex, 300 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20250-3700. Complete information on the new regulations can be found at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OA/news/2004/bseregs.htm.
The National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods Subcommittee on Scientific Criteria for Redefining Pasteurization will hold public meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 27 & 28, 2004 and on Thursday, April 29, 2004, at the Aerospace Building, 901 "D" St., SW, Room 369, Washington, DC. Access the meeting agenda at: www.fsis.usda.gov/ophs/nacmcf/meetings.htm.
If you would like to attend any of these meetings, please contact Karen Thomas, Advisory Committee Specialist, at 202-690-6620. Please note, due to increased security measures at the Aerospace Center, all persons wishing to attend must RSVP in advance.
The Library of Export Requirements has been updated to reflect changes in export requirements for Iraq, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, New Caledonia, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan. Complete information can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OFO/export/explib.htm.
Several public meetings have been scheduled to occur prior to formal 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 Milk and Milk Products (CCMMP), the Codex Committee on General Principles (CCGP) and the Codex Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL) have all posted public meetings. The dates, times, and locations for these meetings are available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/oa/codex/meeting.htm.
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FSIS web site.
Web links will vary from week-to-week.
Research Proposal Guidelines
Regulatory Essentials Training
Agricultural Biotechnology Program
For Further Information Contact:
FSIS Constituent Affairs Program
Phone: (202) 720-9113
Fax: (202) 720-5704