Constituent Update - April 18, 2014
FSIS’ First Quarter, FY 2014 Red Book Residue Report Available
FSIS published its first quarter report covering October-December 2013, to summarize the chemical residue results for the U.S. National Residue Program (NRP) for meat, poultry and processed egg products. From the stakeholder perspective, FSIS’ quarterly publication of chemical residue testing results will increase both the program transparency and frequency of access.
The report is intended to supplement the annual U.S. residue report known as the Red Book, which FSIS will continue to publish. It also provides industry (e.g., pharmaceuticals, producers and veterinarians working with producers) more timely information, so they can effectively respond to chemical residue violations. The information also complements other agency residue information made public, such as the Residue Repeat Violator list, the NRP sampling plan (Blue Book), and the NRP Residue Sample Results, which is FSIS’ Red Book.
For more information, visit FSIS’ Residue Chemistry page at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/data-collection-and-reports/chemistry/residue-chemistry.
FSIS Food Recalls and Alerts
Stay up to date on FSIS’ food recall 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.
Follow Us on Twitter
To 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.
Export Requirement Updates
The Library of Export Requirements has been updated to reflect changes in export requirements for the following country:
- 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 updates were recently issued:
- Notice 19-14, Accretion of Duties
- Directive 5010.1, Food Safety Related Topics for Discussion During Weekly Meetings with Establishment Management
- Directive 5030.1, Inspection Methodology Utilizing the Public Health Information System (PHIS) for the Verification of Regulatory Compliance in Egg Products Plants
- Directive 5030.2, Managing the Establishment Profile in the Public Health Information System (PHIS) for Egg Products Inspection
- Directive 7120.1, Safe and Suitable Ingredients Used in the Production of Meat, Poultry and Egg Products
FSIS is the public health agency in the USDA responsible for ensuring that the nation’s commercial supply of meat, poultry and processed egg products is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged.
Structure and Organization
Numerous offices make up the agency, each playing a key role in protecting America’s food supply. To learn more, visit http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/informational/aboutfsis/structure-and-organization/structure-and-organization.
Agency leadership information can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/informational/aboutfsis/agency-leadership.
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.