Constituent Update - July 26, 2013
Mechanically Tenderized Beef Comment Period Extended
FSIS is extending the comment period for the Federal Register proposed rule, “Descriptive Designation for Needle- or Blade-tenderized (Mechanically Tenderized) Beef Products” until October 8, 2013. The agency is taking this action in response to a request made by a coalition of trade associations.
FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this notice. Comments may be submitted by either of the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: This website provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on this webpage or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/. Follow the online instructions at that site for submitting comments.
Mail, including CD-ROMs: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Patriots Plaza 3, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Mailstop 3782, Room 8-163B, Washington, DC 20250-3700.
Hand- or courier-delivered submittals: Deliver to Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW, Room 8-163B, Washington, DC 20250-3700.
All items submitted by mail or e-mail must include the agency name and docket number FSIS-2007-0017. Comments received in response to this docket will be made available for public inspection and posted without change, including any personal information, to http://www.regulations.gov.
For access to background documents or to comments received, go to the FSIS Docket Room at Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW, Room 8-164, Washington, DC 20250-3700 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Upcoming Publication on Dioxins
The Journal of Food Protection will publish an FSIS-authored paper on dioxins. This paper is an analysis of the September 2007-September 2008 dioxins survey conducted by FSIS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Kerry Dearfield and his colleagues in the FSIS Office of Public Health Science compared this data to the reference dose (RfD) established by the EPA and converted these findings to exposure across all populations using the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and the recommended Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. This paper will be published on August 1 and will be available online on August 5.
Export Requirement Updates
The Library of Export Requirements has been updated to reflect changes in export requirements for the following areas:
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 (FSDZ) at two Maryland Fairs. The FSDZ will be at the Washington County Fair July 26-27 and at the Carroll County Fair July 29 - August 2. 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/.
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 47-13, Verification Testing For Non-O157 Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia Coli (Non-O157 STEC) Under MT60, MT52, and MT53 Sampling Programs
Notice 48-13, Supplemental Instructions for Submitting Investigative Samples in Accordance with FSIS Directive 8010.3
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