| Check Your Steps: Clean
Bacteria exist in virtually any environment, and some of them can make people really sick. Illness-causing bacteria exist in or on food, countertops, kitchen utensils, hands, pets and in the dirt where food grows. As part of the Food Safe Families campaign, this week's Check Your Steps blog focuses on cleaning before, during and after preparing and eating food to keep your family safer from food poisoning.
USDA has featured four new videos on YouTube—Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill. These television public service announcements (PSAs) are depictions of the four key safe food handling behaviors that urge parents to keep their families safer from food poisoning and deliver clear steps to reduce their risk. This week, the "Clean" PSA reminds consumers to clean kitchen surfaces, utensils and hands with soapy water.
Go to www.youtube.com/user/USDAFoodSafety and check out the YouTube USDA Food Safety Channel. Also, check back every Tuesday for another Check Your Steps blog post and follow #checksteps on Twitter for updates on the Food Safe Families campaign.
FSIS recently posted to its website, questions and answers ( www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/
PHIS_QA_Industry_Meeting_071411.pdf ) related to the July 14 Industry meeting. Topics include construction, pre-requisite programs, hazard analysis and non-compliance records.
Also check out more resources and information on the PHIS Resource Page at www.fsis.usda.gov/PHIS.
FSIS Policy Updates
FSIS issues notices and directives to protect public health. The following policy updates were recently issued:
All notices and directives are available at www.fsis.usda.gov/Regulations_&_Policies/index.asp.
Export Requirement Updates
The Library of Export Requirements has been updated to reflect changes in export requirements for the following countries:
Complete information can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/
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. To view recently posted topics, visit http://askfsis.custhelp.com/.
Updates on FSIS Testing for E. coli
Weekly updates for the agency's raw beef E. coli sampling program are posted to the FSIS website.
For comparative previous and current year results, go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Science/