Constituent Update - June 6, 2014
Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program Web Page is Now Available
The Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) program Web page is now available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/cis.
The page is a comprehensive site that offers the following information:
- How the CIS program works;
- How eligible state-inspected establishments can apply to participate in the program;
- How establishments can broaden market share with their products produced under the federal mark of inspection;
- How establishments can remain in their respective State Meat and Poultry Inspection program;
- Valuable information for State Meat and Poultry Inspection program officials; and
- A listing of additional resources to aid users with the overall process.
For more information about the CIS program, contact the Small Plant Help Desk, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., ET at 1-877-374-7435 or at InfoSource@fsis.usda.gov.
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 25-14, Verification of Non-Food Safety Consumer Protection Regulatory Requirements-Poultry Class Standards
FSIS Expands Testing Pesticides
The FSIS Chemistry Laboratory Guidebook method, “Screening for Pesticides by LC/MS/MS and GC/MS/MS,” has been updated. The method now analyzes for 88 different pesticides in muscle of several species: beef, pork, poultry, sheep, goat and horse.
The method will be available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/science/laboratories-and-procedures/guidebooks-and-methods/chemistry-laboratory-guidebook. The agency will begin using this method after July 6, 2014.
Export Requirement Updates
The Library of Export Requirements has been updated to reflect changes in export requirements for the following country:
Complete information can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/exporting-products.
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 processed 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To read the Federal Register notice, go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations/federal-register/federal-register-notices.
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 June 1, 2014, FSIS laboratory services analyzed a total of 6,011 beef trim samples (5,160 domestic and 851 imported); 1,919 routine follow-up samples (1,805 domestic and 114 imported); and 65 non-routine follow-up/traceback samples. Eighty-five samples were found to be positive; 37 were domestic trim samples, 3 were imported trim samples; 41 were domestic follow-up samples; and 4 were non-routine follow-up/traceback samples. To date, two samples have been positive for both O157:H7 and non-O157 STEC and six samples have been positive for two different non-O157 O-groups.
To review testing results, visit the E. coli data tables at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/data-collection-and-reports/microbiology/ec/.
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.
FDA, Federal Partners Create IFSAC Web Resources
FSIS, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed a Web resource about the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) that highlights their work and creates an ongoing resource to share information with the public.
This series of Web pages, hosted by the CDC, includes information on the analyses and other activities of this tri-agency partnership.
Established in 2011, IFSAC seeks to improve coordination of federal food safety analytic efforts and address cross-cutting priorities for food safety data collection, analysis and use. Projects and studies aim to identify foods that are important sources of illnesses. The current focus of IFSAC’s activities is foodborne illness source attribution, defined as the process of estimating the most common food sources responsible for specific foodborne illnesses.
To learn more about this work, visit the IFSAC Web page at http://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/ifsac/index.html, which includes information on IFSAC’s:
- Purpose and goals;
- Strategic plan;
- Projects (past and current); and
- Activities & Events (past and upcoming)
Report a Problem with Food
Separate government agencies are responsible for protecting different segments of the food supply. If you have experienced a problem with a food product, be sure to contact the appropriate public health organization.
Visit http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/report-a-problem-with-food for more information.
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.
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
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.