Constituent Update - May 2, 2014
Federal Agencies Sign MOU to Leverage Expertise During Foodborne Outbreak Investigations
FSIS and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently came together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Through this agreement, the two agencies will provide a more comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to address foodborne health hazards potentially associated with meat and poultry products.
This MOU will document the procedures and responsibilities under the collaborative effort between APHIS and FSIS in assessing root cause in outbreaks of foodborne illness in humans. It will facilitate the sharing of information between agencies and assist in making science-based decisions on mitigation or intervention strategies.
The MOU outlines mutual roles and responsibilities for the training of personnel and the planning of interagency assessment of FSIS-regulated establishments as part of foodborne illness investigations and health hazard evaluations. The MOU does not modify any existing interagency collaborative work.
To read the MOU, visit http://go.usa.gov/kF2R.
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 20-14, Partner Government Agency (PGA) Message Set Pilot
- Notice 21-14, Prescribed Treatment to Destroy Trichinae in Pork, and Products Containing Pork, as Required By 9 CFR 318.10
- Notice 22-14, Notification of Availability of Compliance Guidelines for Allergens and Ingredients of Public Health Concern
- Directive 1040.1, The FSIS Enterprise Governance Decisionmaking Process
- Directive 8010.5, Case Referral and Disposition - Revision 4
Export Requirement Updates
The Library of Export Requirements has been updated to reflect changes in export requirements for the following countries:
- French Polynesia
Complete information can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/exporting-products.
Food Safety Discovery Zone!
The USDA’s Food Safety Discovery Zone (FSDZ) is back on the road! On May 4, the FSDZ will be on the National Mall for the Latinos Living Healthy Health Fair. On May 10-11, you can visit the FSDZ in New Jersey at the 2014 Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Open House.
The FSIS FSDZ is a 40-foot interactive vehicle that educates consumers about the four food safety messages --Clean, Cook, Separate and Chill-- from the Food Safe Families campaign. Some of the features in the vehicle include a Hand Washing Station where visitors can learn the proper techniques to washing hands and the Microscope Station that magnifies harmful bacteria.
Watch for announcements of upcoming events. For dates, times and more information, go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/fsdz-schedule.
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.
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.
Also Tweet en Español
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.
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.