Constituent Update - June 20, 2014
FSIS to Implement New Poultry Muscle Analysis Method
After Aug. 1, 2014, FSIS will implement a new method for the analysis of poultry muscle titled “Screening and Confirmation for Nitrofuran Metabolites in Poultry Muscle by LC/MS/MS.” This method builds upon an existing nitrofuran methodology.
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 28-14, Analysis for Salmonella of All Beef Products Sampled for Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia Coli (STEC)
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.
Export Requirement Updates
The Library of Export Requirements has been updated to reflect changes in export requirements for the following country:
- Hong Kong
Complete information can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/exporting-products.
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.
From the beginning of testing on June 4, 2012 to June 18, 2014, FSIS laboratory services analyzed 6,163 beef trim samples (5,292 domestic and 871 imported); 1,927 follow-up samples (1,813 domestic and 114 imported); and 65 non-routine follow-up/traceback samples. A total of 86 domestic samples were found to be positive; 38 were trim samples; 41 were follow-up samples for raw ground beef components; 3 samples were imported; and 4 were non-routine follow-up/traceback samples. Two individual samples have been positive for both O157 and non-O157 STEC and six samples were positive for two different non-O157 O-groups.
Every 2 weeks, FSIS posts on its website reports of non-O157 findings (along with O157 results). FSIS posted the first results on July 13 and will continue reporting biweekly before transitioning to weekly reporting.
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/.
FSIS Public Meetings and Events
View upcoming meetings and associated meeting materials listed by date on FSIS’ Public Meeting and Events website at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/newsroom/meetings. (Meetings that have concluded are listed on the Past Meetings page.) For meetings between agency officials and outside groups, see the Officials' Calendar of Meetings. The following meetings/events are upcoming:
National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods: Subcommittees
- July 8-10, 2014: Study of Microbiological Criteria as Indicators of Process Control or Insanitary Conditions (Washington, DC)
- July 15-17, 2014: Control Strategies for Reducing Foodborne Norovirus Infections (Washington, DC)
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.
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.