Constituent Update - August 23, 2013
FSIS Announces Pilot Program for Unknown Chemical Hazards
FSIS is announcing an exploratory pilot program that attempts to identify unexpected hazards or multiple concurrent hazards in FSIS’ regulated products. Reserves, from approximately 30 microbiology samples per quarter received at the FSIS Eastern Laboratory, will be analyzed with several chemistry residue methods.
The methods include the following and will be published in the Chemistry Laboratory Guidebook on FSIS’ website at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/science/laboratories-and-procedures/guidebooks-and-methods/chemistry-laboratory-guidebook/chemistry-laboratory-guidebook:
- the veterinary drug residue method,
- the aminoglycoside method,
- the metals method and
- the TOX 1 method
FSIS will remove identifiers from the samples, and the results will be kept in the Laboratory Information Management System but not reported back to the field or establishments. No regulatory action is anticipated.
This sampling program will assist FSIS in defining potential effectiveness of merging microbiology and chemistry sampling programs. It will also assess the potential for monitoring the FSIS regulated commodities for unexpected contaminants.
Back to School Food Safety Information
As students across the country head back to school, 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.
Export Requirement Updates
The Library of Export Requirements has been updated to reflect changes in export requirements for the following areas:
Peoples' Republic of China
Complete information can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/exporting-products.
Upcoming NACMCF Subcommittee Meetings
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 updates were recently issued: The National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) Subcommittee on Study of Microbiological Criteria as Indicators of Process Control or Insanitary Conditions will hold public meetings Tuesday - Thursday, September 17-19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Patriots Plaza III, 355 E St., S.W., First Floor (Conference Room), Washington, DC.
The purpose of this meeting is to develop guidance to assist the Department of Defense (DOD) in refining its microbiological and other criteria for evaluation of process control and insanitary conditions at the point of production. The NACMCF will focus on both raw and ready-to-eat food products and will evaluate pathogens and other indicators of insanitary conditions. Updated standards will assist DOD in their evaluation on whether products produced under certain circumstances that are destined for U.S. military personnel are safe and wholesome. The information gleaned from this project will assist all U.S. food safety agencies.
If you would like to attend these meetings, please contact Advisory Committee Specialist Karen Thomas at 202-690-6620, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that due to increased security measures at Patriots Plaza III, all persons wishing to attend must RSVP in advance.
FSIS Policy Update
Notice 57-13, Responsibilities for Implementation of the Invoice Processing Platform
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