| Joint Public Meeting to Measure Progress on Food Safety
FSIS, in collaboration with FDA and CDC, will host a third joint public meeting on "Measuring Progress on Food Safety: Current Status and Future Directions," on Oct. 20, in Portland, Ore.
Information will be gathered from various stakeholders, including the food industry, state regulators and consumer groups, on measurements they recommend or are using to assess performance in food safety.
meetings_&_events/index.asp to review agenda items.
Comment on Codex Activities
The Office of Food Safety is inviting comments on standard-setting activities of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex). Codex activities announced in the June 4, 2010, Federal Register notice include: phytosanitary standard-setting activities, commodity standards, guidelines, codes of practice and revised texts.
For more information, go to www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/
FRPubs/2009-0033.htm . Documents pertaining to Codex standard-setting activities are accessible at http://www.codexalimentarius.net/current.asp.
Comments must be submitted by May 31, 2011, through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov or to the Docket Clerk, USDA, FSIS, Mailstop 5272, George Washington Carver Center, 5601 Sunnyside Ave., Beltsville, MD 20705.
All items submitted by mail or e-mail must include the agency's name and docket number FSIS-2009-0033. Comments received in response to the docket will be made available for public review.
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 www.fsis.usda.gov/Regulations_&_Policies/
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.
Updates on FSIS Testing for E. coli
FSIS has resumed the reporting of weekly updates on raw beef E. coli verification sampling program testing results.
The temporary suspension of results was due to internal computer upgrades that resulted in some incompatibility in the conversion of data fields.
Go to www.fsis.usda.gov/science/
Ecoli_Positive_Results/index.asp for previous and current year results.
Tune in to podcasts on selecting, handling and preparing meat and poultry products to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.
FSIS released these podcasts helpful to consumers.
Check out these podcasts at www.fsis.usda.gov/
news_&_events/Podcasts/index.asp Spanish language consumer podcasts are available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/
En_Espanol/Podcasts_SP/index.asp . Video-casts in American Sign Language are available at www.fsis.usda.gov/
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PHIS Updates: Refinements
Based on user and performance testing feedback, the PHIS development team is refining some of the areas that weren't working as well as they could. Therefore, it is anticipated the system will not be completed until Spring 2011.
FSIS is doing everything the agency can to make PHIS the best possible tool for protecting public health.
For more information on PHIS, go to www.fsis.usda.gov/PHIS.
NACMCF Resources Made Available
FSIS has posted two reports published by the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) to its website.
The following reports were published in the Journal of Food Protection earlier this year:
Go to www.fsis.usda.gov/Regulations_&_Policies/
National_Advisory_Committee_on_Microbiological/index.asp to review these reports in detail.