Constituent Update - August 16, 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.
Back to School Food Safety Information
As students across the country prepare to start a new school year, recognizing that some students and parents pack meals at home, FSIS is providing information on four easy Food Safe Families steps to help avoid foodborne illness: “Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill.” For more information, be sure to check out the USDA Blog at http://blogs.usda.gov/2013/08/14/teach-your-growing-superhero-to-defeat-bacteria-use-their-powers-to-be-food-safe-at-any-age/. Also follow the hashtag #B2S on Twitter at www.twitter.com/USDAFoodSafety where more resources and activities will be highlighted.
Export Requirement Updates
The Library of Export Requirements has been updated to reflect changes in export requirements for the following areas:
- Australia (Egg products)
- European Union (Egg products)
Complete information can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/exporting-products.
FSIS Policy Updates
FSIS issues notices and directives to protect public health. All notices and directives are available athttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations. The following policy updates were recently issued:
Notice 51-13, 2013 Year end Closing
Notice 52-13, Level of In-Plant Targeted Testing for Chemical Residues in Cull Dairy Cows and Bob Veal calves
Notice 53-13, Submission of Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Renewal Orders (ROs)
Notice 54-13, Inspection Responsibilities When a Chemical Residue Does Not Have an Established Tolerance
Notice 55-13, FSIS Sampling of Dairy Cows With Mastitis Under the FSIS National Residue Program
Notice 56-13, Extension of Increased Verification by Inspection Program Personnel of Sanitary Dressing at Veal Slaughter Establishments
Directive 7120.1, Rev. 16, Safe and Suitable Ingredients Used in the Production of Meat, Poultry and Egg Products - Revision 16 (Aug. 13, 2013; 62 pp)
Directive 9000.8, Audits of the U.S. Meat, Poultry and Egg Products Inspection System by Officials of Foreign Countries
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.
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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.