WASHINGTON, June 17, 2013 – The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will hold a public meeting on June 25, 2013 in Washington D.C. to discuss the updated guidance for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems validation recently announced in the Federal Register. The public meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the 1st Floor Auditorium of Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street, SW, Washington, D.C.
FSIS will finalize an agenda by June 18 and post it on the FSIS webpage at www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_events/index.asp. Pre-registration is recommended by accessing the FSIS website. Individuals interested in making a public comment during the teleconference may indicate so on the registration form.
To view the Federal Register notice, go to www.fsis.usda.gov/Frame/FrameRedirect.asp?main=http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FRPubs/2013-12763.htm.
FSIS administers the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) (21 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) and the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA) (21 U.S.C. 451 et seq.) to protect the health and welfare of consumers by preventing the distribution in commerce of meat or poultry products that are unwholesome, adulterated, or misbranded. To reduce the risk of foodborne illness from meat or poultry products, FSIS issued regulations on July 25, 1996, which require that federally inspected establishments adopt HACCP systems (61 FR 38806). These regulations require that federally inspected establishments adopt measures to prevent or control the occurrence of food safety hazards at each stage of the production process where such hazards are reasonably likely to occur.