Constituent Update - July 11, 2014
USDA Seeking NACMPI Nominations
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 résumé and USDA Advisory Committee Membership Background Information form AD-755. The résumé 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. 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 July 23, 2014. Self-nominations are also welcome.
For additional information, contact Program Specialist Jane Johnson at 202-690-1277 or Jane.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.
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 countries:
- Japan (Egg Products)
Complete information can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/exporting-products.
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 15-17, 2014: Control Strategies for Reducing Foodborne Norovirus Infections (Washington, DC)
Upcoming meetings related to Codex Alimentarius
Meetings Held In Washington, DC:
- Aug. 12, 2014: Codex Committee on Processed Fruits and Vegetables
- Sept. 23, 2014: Codex Committee on Food Labeling
- Sept. 25, 2014: Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection Systems
- Oct. 23, 2014: Codex Committee on Food Hygiene
Meetings Held in Maryland:
- Oct. 28, 2014: Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Use
2014 Meat, Poultry Inspection Seminar for International Government Officials
FSIS is pleased to announce the 2014 Meat and Poultry Inspection Seminar for International Government Officials. This seminar is scheduled for Sept.15-26, 2014, and will be held in Washington, DC. The location will be announced on a later date.
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.
The Food Safety Discovery Zone!
The USDA’s Food Safety Discovery Zone (FSDZ) is back on the road! From July 25-27, the FSDZ will be in Lowell, Massachusetts, at the Lowell Folk Festival.
The 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.
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.