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Constituent Update - May 30, 2014

FSIS’ Second Quarter Red Book Residue Report Available

FSIS published its second quarter report covering January-March 2014 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.

This 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, 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-quarterly

Presentation on How to Use PHIS Now Available to Industry Users

FSIS has already implemented the industry functionality of the Public Health Information System (PHIS) to FSIS inspected domestic meat and poultry establishments and official import inspection establishments. This month, however, FSIS began managing and documenting egg products inspection and sampling through PHIS. The agency plans for the egg industry to have access to PHIS later this summer.

A presentation is now available online to assist PHIS-industry users with starting the USDA Level 2 eAuthentication registration process and validation with a Local Registration Authority. The presentation will take the user step-by-step through the Establishment Administrator and Plant Manager User Enrollment, as well as instructions on responding to a Noncompliance Record (NR) and a Memorandum of Interview (MOI). The presentation also details the Inventory of Standard Reports, and features the Reports User Interface where users with the Plant Manager Role can view, save and print standard reports as an Adobe PDF file. The presentation and transcript are located on the USDA Food Safety YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/AElFWnuVVew.

PHIS users with questions or issues may contact the FSIS Service Desk at (800) 473-9135. As a reminder, if an establishment elects to use PHIS, a Level 2 USDA eAuthentication (eAuth) account must be obtained to enroll and access the system. For more information on PHIS, visit http://www.fsis.usda.gov/phis.

Export Requirement Updates

The Library of Export Requirements has been updated to reflect changes in export requirements for the following country:

  • Japan

Complete information can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/exporting-products

FSIS Posts Fourth Quarter Salmonella, Campylobacter Report

Today, the agency posted to its website the fourth quarterly progress report of calendar year (CY) 2013 on Salmonella and Campylobacter testing of selected raw meat and poultry products. This report provides preliminary data from October to December 2013 on all establishments eligible for Salmonella testing that have completed at least two sampling verification sets since June 2006.

As of December 2013, of all establishments in all product classes (broiler, ground beef, ground chicken, ground turkey, turkey), 81.8 percent are in category 1, which illustrates no change from third quarter CY13.

From 176 broiler establishments, 1,994 samples were analyzed with a 3.6 percent positive rate, representing a decrease from the 4.5 percent positive rate for third quarter CY13. Ongoing adjustments in category percentages are expected as establishments transition into the July 2011 tightened performance standards. Category 3 rates have not increased during this period. This table lists percentages of broiler establishments by category as of December 2013.

Plant
Category

Category
1

Category
2T

Category
2

Category
3

Percentage
of Broiler
Est.

74.4

14.2

6.8

4.5

FSIS continues to post monthly the names of broiler establishments demonstrating variable or inconsistent process control. The agency highlights performance for the broiler class because of its negative impact on foodborne illness. Since April 2008, FSIS has been posting category 3 broiler carcass establishment names. FSIS will continue to post monthly the names of poultry establishments demonstrating variable or inconsistent process control.

This report also includes Salmonella and Campylobacter data tables related to the agency’s Not Ready-To-Eat (NRTE) Sampling Project. The complete report and program details are at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/data-collection-and-reports/microbiology/quarterly-reports-salmonella/.

Note: This is also the eleventh quarter to include Campylobacter sampling results for young chicken and turkey carcasses. A follow-up Constituent Update will be issued to discuss these results in greater detail as more data becomes available.

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 24-14, Livestock Slaughter Establishment Residue Questionnaire

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.

USDA Seeking Nominations to National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection

USDA is seeking applications and nominations for membership to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection. Membership is encouraged for individuals with knowledge and interest in meat, poultry and egg product safety and other FSIS responsibilities. Persons from industry; state and federal government; public health, scientific and academic communities; and consumers and consumer organizations, as well as all other interested persons, are invited to submit nominations.

For consideration, submit a resume and USDA Advisory Committee Membership Background Information form AD-755. The resume or curriculum vitae must be limited to five, one-sided pages and should include educational background, expertise and a list of select publications. For submissions received that are more than five, one-sided pages in length, only the first five pages will be reviewed. USDA Advisory Committee Membership Background Information form AD-755 is available at http://www.ocio.usda.gov/forms/doc/AD-755.pdf. Nomination packages can be mailed to Secretary Tom Vilsack, USDA, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250, Attn: National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection. Nominations must be received by June 16, 2014. Self-nominations are also welcome.

For additional information, contact Designated Federal Officer Sally Fernandez at 202-690-6524 or sally.fernandez@fsis.usda.gov. To read the Federal Register notice, go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations/federal-register/federal-register-notices.

FSIS Posts Annual Progress Report: Salmonella, Campylobacter Testing

Today, FSIS posted to its website the annual Progress Report on Salmonella and Campylobacter Testing of Raw Meat and Poultry Products, 1998-2013. This report provides new data for calendar year 2013 on all establishments eligible for Salmonella and Campylobacter testing.

As of December 2013, 81.9 percent of establishments were in Category 1, which includes establishments whose two most recent set results were equal to or less than 50 percent of the performance standard or guidance. Illustrated in the table below, the following percentages of establishments are in Category 1 based on five product classes.

Plants in Category 1 by Product Class

Product Class

Broilers

Turkeys

Ground Beef

Ground Chicken

Ground Turkey

Percentage

74.4

77.1

86.3

71.4

90.9

FSIS continues to post monthly the names of broiler establishments demonstrating variable or inconsistent process control for Salmonella

The 2012 Annual Progress Report includes data related to Campylobacter verification sampling in young chickens and turkeys, as well as Salmonella Enteriditis test results in broilers. The complete report is available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/data-collection-and-reports/microbiology/annual-progress-reports/2013-annual-report.  

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.

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