Constituent Update - April 11, 2014
Cooperative Interstate Program Expanded to Indiana
On April 8, 2014, FSIS announced that Indiana has joined Ohio, North Dakota and Wisconsin taking action to help provide new opportunities for small businesses processing meat. Indiana has joined USDA’s Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program (CISP), which gives certain selected small and very small state-inspected meat processors the option to ship meat and poultry products bearing an official USDA Mark of Inspection symbol across state lines. These efforts are part of USDA’s commitment to America’s small and midsized farmers and ranchers.
The voluntary shipment program designed to expand market opportunities for America’s small meat and poultry producers and processors, strengthen state and local economies and increase consumer access to safe, locally-produced food. State-inspected establishments selected to participate in the program are required to comply with federal standards under the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) and the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA). The facilities receive inspection services from state inspection personnel that have been trained in FMIA and PPIA requirements. The facilities are then allowed to sell and ship their products outside their home states.
The CISP was established by the 2008 Farm Bill. In 2011, USDA finalized regulations to allow state employees to administer federal regulations and use the USDA Mark of Inspection symbol at selected establishments. Prior to instituting the program, state-inspected businesses did not have the opportunity to sell products outside their state.
FSIS is committed to helping small and very small plants comply with FSIS regulations through their outreach efforts. The agency’s partnership with other USDA agencies through the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative provides a full range of services to over 90 percent of the more than 6,200 federally inspected small or very small meat, poultry and egg processing plants.
Indiana state-inspected establishments interested in shipping interstate should contact the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. The USDA’s Small Plant Help Desk provides small meat businesses with assistance in understanding regulatory requirements. Since its launch in October 2009, the Help Desk has fielded more than 10,000 inquiries. The Help Desk can be reached between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, at 1-877-FSISHelp (1-877-374-7435).
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FSIS Food Recalls and Alerts
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Export Requirement Updates
The Library of Export Requirements has been updated to reflect changes in export requirements for the following countries:
- Japan (Egg Products)
- Republic of Korea
- Sri Lanka
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 updates were recently issued:
- Notice 17-14, Return of Imported Shipments to Canada Subject to Test and Hold Pending Receipt of Laboratory Results
- Notice 18-14, Annual Notice to High-Mileage Drivers
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.
Between June 4, 2012 and April 6, 2014, FSIS laboratory services analyzed a total of 5,519 beef trim samples (4,758 domestic and 761 imported); 1,859 routine follow-up samples (1,745 domestic and 114 imported); and 64 non-routine follow-up/traceback samples. Seventy-nine samples were found to be positive; 37 were domestic trim samples; two were imported trim samples; 36 were domestic follow-up samples; and four were non-routine follow-up/traceback samples. To date, two samples have been positive for both O157:H7 and non-O157 STEC and five samples have been positive for two different non-O157 O-groups.
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