Constituent Update - September 27, 2013
HIKE Pre-scenario Available Online
FSIS has made available the Humane Interactive Knowledge Exchange (HIKE) scenario, “A Corrective Action Stun” DH 02-13 for comment through September 2013. The HIKE addresses the actions taken by FSIS for a failed stunning attempt by the establishment who immediately performs a corrective action stun.
The reason for posting this HIKE for comment is to provide inspection personnel, industry, consumers and others the opportunity to review and comment on the HIKE prior to its posting as a final document.
The scenario can be viewed on FSIS’ website at the followings links:
- Main page: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/inspection/workforce-training/hike-scenarios/hike-for-comment.
- Direct link: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/inspection/workforce-training/hike-scenarios/2013/hike-02-13.
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 10,250.1, Salmonella and Campylobacter Verification Program for Raw Meat and Poultry Products
Visit the Food Safety Discovery Zone
Visit the USDA Food Safety Discovery Zone today through Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at the Calvert County Fair in Prince Frederick, MD.
For times and more information on upcoming events, go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/usda-food-safety-discovery-zone-mobile/event-schedule-by-date/fsdz-events-by-date.
The Library of Export Requirements has been updated to reflect changes in export requirements for the following areas:
- People’s Republic of China
Complete information can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/exporting-products.
Update: FSIS Testing for Metals
The FSIS Chemistry Laboratory Guidebook method, “Determination of Metals by ICP-MS and ICP-OES (Optical Emission Spectrometry),” has been updated. This method has been extended to several additional metals. With this update, the following 17 metals can be assessed in products of interest: aluminum, barium, boron, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, iron, lead, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, selenium, strontium, thallium, vanadium and zinc. This method will be posted to the FSIS Chemistry Laboratory Guidebook once finalized. The agency intends to begin using this method after October 1, 2013.
To review the revisions to the guidebook, visit http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/science/laboratories-and-procedures/guidebooks-and-methods/chemistry-laboratory-guidebook/chemistry-laboratory-guidebook.
FSIS Lab Methods to Change
The FSIS laboratory system has validated a single enrichment broth for the analysis of Salmonella, Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157 and select Shiga toxin-producing E. coli strains (STEC) in raw beef/veal products and carcass and environmental sponge samples. Additional method improvements include use of a single plating medium and new screen tests for the E. coli analyses.
The Microbiology Laboratory Guidebook (MLG) media chapter, MLG Appendix 1.08, the Salmonella method chapters MLG 4.07, MLG 4C.05 and associated method flow chart MLG 4 Appendix 2.0, the E. coli O157 method chapters MLG 5.07, MLG 5A.03, and associated flow chart MLG 5 Appendix 1.01, and the STEC method chapters MLG 5B.04, MLG 5B Appendix 3.01 and associated flow chart MLG 5B Appendix 4.02 will be posted to the MLG. FSIS intends to begin using the revised chapters on October 1, 2013.
Update: 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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