Constituent Update - March 1, 2019
FSIS Announces Resources to Help Prevent Illness from Undercooked Chicken Liver
In recent years, outbreaks of illness linked to undercooked chicken liver consumption have increasingly been reported in the United States. FSIS has created a webpage to share resources it has developed in collaboration with public health partners to help prevent illness associated with undercooked chicken liver. These resources include:
- Findings from a published review of chicken liver–associated outbreaks;
- An intervention guideline for FSIS-regulated establishments and the foodservice industry; and
- Consumer education materials.
To view these resources, visit: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/ChickenLiver.
FSIS Posts List of Approved Import Inspection Establishments as APHIS Rapid Defrost Facilities
FSIS is publishing the list of import inspection establishments with an Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) approved rapid defrost facility (ADF) for restricted cooked meat products imported from regions where foot-and-mouth (FMD) disease exists. More information can be found at: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/importing-products/eligible-countries-products-foreign-establishments/eligible-countries-and-products.
APHIS restricts the import eligibility of products from regions where FMD exists, and FSIS performs examinations of these meat products as part of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between these agencies. U.S. importers that import restricted cooked meat products into the U.S. must ensure that the product is presented at an official import inspection establishment identified as an ADF, at the port of arrival (where the shipment is off-loaded from the carrier) or within 50 miles of the port of arrival.
Previously, APHIS maintained the ADF list in APHIS’ Animal Product Manual (APM). However, as APHIS is moving to an electronic version of the manual, the ADF list can now be found here. These plants are also identified as ADFs in the FSIS Public Health Information System (PHIS), but it is important to note that not all FSIS-approved facilities are ADFs.
More information and resources on animal health disease restrictions and the APM can be found at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-and-animal-product-import-information/animal-health-status-of-regions and https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/planthealth/complete-list-of-electronic-manuals/ct_online_manuals.
FSIS notices and directives on public health and regulatory issues are available at: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations. The following policy updates were recently issued:
- Notice 04-19 - Leave Policies Regarding Leave Approval Related to Childbirth, Adoption, Foster Care, and Serious Medical Conditions
- Notice 05-19 - Instructions for Kidney Dispositions in Poultry Carcasses
- Directive 7120.1 - Safe and Suitable Ingredients Used in the Production of Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products
Export Requirements Updates
The Library of Export Requirements has been updated for products for the following countries:
Complete information can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/exporting-products