Constituent Update - July 5, 2013
FSIS is announcing that a replacement for the Laboratory Electronic Application for Results Notification (LEARN) has been developed. The new “LIMS Direct” application has been refined and tested and will be implemented on July 15, 2013. LIMS-Direct provides sample status and analysis result information of samples submitted to FSIS laboratories. Data are queried directly from the FSIS LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) and are updated every 15 minutes. The LEARN application will continue to be available with a planned retirement date no later than October 1, 2013.
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:
Directive 6130.1, Ante-Mortem, Postmortem Inspection of Equines and Documentation of Inspection Tasks
PHIS Directive 9700.1, Importation of Live Cattle from Mexico into the United States for Immediate Slaughter
Notice 43-13, Verification Procedures for the RTEPROD Sampling Project
Notice 44-13, Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection (Interstate Shipment of Meat and Poultry Products)
HACCP Validation Public Meeting Transcript Now Available
FSIS sponsored a public meeting in Washington, D.C., on June 25, 2013, to review updated guidance for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems validation. The transcript from that public meeting is now available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/d618094d-20f2-40a3-9103-a587b2fd8a01/Transcript-HACCP-Validation-062513.pdf?MOD=AJPERES.
Export Requirement Updates
The Library of Export Requirements has been updated to reflect changes in export requirements for the following areas:
French Polynesia (Tahiti)
Complete information can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/exporting-products.
Visit the Food Safety Discovery Zone
Visit the USDA Food Safety Discovery Zone July 10-13 at the Baltimore County 4-H Fair in Maryland. For times and more information on upcoming events go to www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/usda-food-safety-discovery-zone-mobile/event-schedule-by-date/.
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.
Updates for 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.
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