Constituent Update - April 4, 2014
FSIS Year in Review Released, Agency Announces Progress
The FSIS Planning & Performance Agenda: Year in Review Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, which highlights the agency’s annual accomplishments toward its strategic mission, posted significant agency progress in FY2013. Key progress includes the following:
- Gains on the All-Illness Measure due to improvements to the Salmonella illness metrics.
- The Strategic Performance Working Group, which was established to take on some of the agency’s most complex challenges, concentrated on Salmonella and produced the Salmonella Action Plan (SAP). The SAP was implemented in December 2013.
- The agency’s individual program areas completed 76 percent of their planned FY2013 Annual Performance Plan Key Results, which is a 5 percent improvement over FY2012.
To learn more about the agency’s accomplishments, visit FSIS Planning & Performance Agenda: A Year in Review FY 2013, as the agency continues as, “One Team, One Purpose” to advance the mission of public health.
NARMS Cecal Isolate PFGE
In an effort to provide information that could be used to improve public health, starting in April 2014, the FSIS/FDA National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) collaboration has been enhanced to include serotyping and Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) characterization of cecal Salmonella isolates. Beginning May 5, this information will be added to PulseNet national database.
The public health will be augmented by including information from isolates obtained from ceca and food (at establishments and retail) with information from clinical isolates.
Salmonella in Pasteurized Egg Products Report Announced
The Salmonella in Pasteurized Egg Products report—previously covering calendar years 1995-2011—has been updated to include data from calendar years 2012 and 2013. In addition, the report has been reformatted to show the data by decades.
Export Requirement Updates
The Library of Export Requirements has been updated to reflect changes in export requirements for the following countries:
- European Union
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 at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations. The following policy update was recently issued:
- Notice 17-14, Return of Imported Shipments to Canada Subject to Test and Hold Pending Receipt of Laboratory Results
Keep Food Safe During an Emergency
Did you know that a flood, fire, national disaster or the loss of power from high winds, snow or ice could jeopardize the safety of your food?
To learn how to keep food safe, visit http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/emergency-preparedness/keeping-food-safe-during-an-emergency/ct_index.
Follow Us on Twitter
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.
The FSIS Spanish language Twitter feed keeps consumers and other interested communities informed of the latest agency news and events and provides useful food safety tips.
FSIS Food Recalls and Alerts
Stay up to date on FSIS’ food recalls alerts by visiting FSIS’ Current Recalls and Alerts Web page at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
You can also receive e-mail notifications when public health alerts and recalls are issued. Register at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/subscribe.
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.