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Constituent Update - June 21, 2013

FSIS Posts Annual Progress Report on Salmonella and Campylobacter Testing

Today, FSIS posted to its website the annual Progress Report on Salmonella and Campylobacter Testing of Raw Meat and Poultry Products, 1998-2012. This report provides new data for calendar year 2012 on all establishments eligible for Salmonella and Campylobacter testing.

As of December 2012, 79.77 percent of establishments were in Category 1, which includes establishments whose two most recent set results are equal to or less than 50 percent of the performance standard or guidance. Illustrated in the table below, the following percentages of establishments are in Category 1 based on five product classes.
 

Product Class Broilers Turkey Ground Beef Ground Chicken Ground Turkey
Percentage 73.14 82.35 82.86 71.42 90.9


FSIS continues to post monthly the names of broiler establishments demonstrating variable or inconsistent process control for Salmonella

The 2012 Annual Progress Report includes data related to Campylobacter verification sampling in young chickens and turkeys, as well as Salmonella Enteriditis (SE) test results in broilers.

The complete report is available on FSIS’ website at www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/data-collection-and-reports/microbiology/#salmonella.

FSIS to Hold Public Meeting on HACCP Validation

On May 29, FSIS announced in the Federal Register the availability of updated guidance for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems validation. In addition, FSIS announced that it will sponsor a public meeting in Washington, D.C., on June 25, 2013, to review the guidance document.

The public meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Patriots Plaza III, First Floor Auditorium, 355 E Street, SW, Washington, D.C.

FSIS posted the agenda on the FSIS webpage at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/newsroom/meetings. Pre-registration is recommended, and can be done by accessing the FSIS website at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/newsroom/meetings/upcoming-meetings/06-25-2013/registration-haccp-validation-062513. Individuals interested in making a public comment during the teleconference may indicate this intent on the registration form. 

To view the Federal Register notice, go to www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FRPubs/2013-12763.htm.

Export Requirement Updates

The Library of Export Requirements has been updated to reflect changes in export requirements for the following areas:

  • Cuba
  • French Polynesia (Tahiti)
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Russia
  • Taiwan
  • United Arab Emirates

Complete information can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/exporting-products

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. Visit http://askfsis.custhelp.com/  to view recently posted topics.

FSIS Policy Updates

FSIS issues notices and directives to protect public health. All notices and directives are available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations. The following policy update was recently issued:

Notice 39-13, Sampling of Raw Beef Product Intended for the National School Lunch Program

Notice 40-13, Additional Instructions for REporting Animal Disposition Data in the Public Health Information System

Updates on FSIS Testing for E. coli

FSIS posts bi-weekly updates for the agency’s raw ground beef E. coli sampling program. Included are testing results of raw ground beef component samples for E. coli O157:H7 and STECs from FSIS routine and follow-up sampling programs. Also featured is data for non-O157 STECs by each non-O157 STEC serogroup.

To review testing results, go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/data-collection-and-reports/microbiology/ec/testing-program-for-e-coli-o157h7-and-non-o157-stec/.

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Find food safety information for at-risk people, along with tips and resources to keep consumers and other interested groups informed of the latest agency news and events. Follow FSIS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/USDAFoodSafety.

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The FSIS Spanish language Twitter feed keeps consumers and other interested communities informed of the latest agency news and events and provides useful food safety tips.

Follow FSIS’ Spanish Twitter account at www.twitter.com/usdafoodsafe_es.