Constituent Update - March 22, 2019
Label Backlog Update and Tips for the Label Approval Process
FSIS is currently experiencing a delay of about 23 business days in evaluations for labels that require review prior to use. By highlighting common mistakes observed during the label review process and providing industry with suggestions via the Constituent Update for correcting these mistakes, FSIS is hopeful that it will achieve a faster, more efficient label evaluation process while reducing the label application backlog.
TIP: When FSIS returns a label application, the establishment should communicate with the labeling staff on resubmittal of the application instead of using the appeal function in the Label Submission and Approval System (LSAS).
The purpose of the appeal function in LSAS is to provide establishments with a means to appeal a final FSIS staff officer’s decision, such as to a sketch modification to a label or to a denial of a label application. However, when FSIS returns a label application, the first course of action should be for the establishment to resubmit the label application with additional information or to submit an updated label making the changes FSIS requested. If not in agreement with the reasons for return, the establishment should resubmit the label application with a detailed description for why the establishment disagrees. An establishment may also reach out to the FSIS staff officer directly by telephone, by using the LSAS message function, or by submitting an inquiry through askFSIS to further discuss reasons for return as well as sketch modifications.
FSIS has observed that establishments often mistakenly use the appeal function as a means to resubmit a corrected label or update a label application. The agency encourages establishments to communicate with the FSIS staff officer, so the process may move along more quickly, helping to eliminate the backlog.
For assistance on resubmitting a label application that has been returned in LSAS, please see the “Handle a Returned Label Application” section in the LSAS User Guide beginning on page 112 at: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/45a29f18-52cc-4012-8790-ab7ea9f980c9/LSAS-Industry-User-Guide-063015.pdf?MOD=AJPERES.
Instructions for how to submit an appeal are described at the above link in the section “Manage an Appeal” on page 113.
Export Requirements Updates
The Library of Export Requirements has been updated for products for the following countries:
Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Curacao, El Salvador, European Union, Honduras, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, People’s Republic of China, Peru, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, and Western Samoa.
Complete information can be found at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/exporting-products.
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 update was recently issued:
- FSIS Notice 07-19 - List of Electronic Communications Operations Persons
- FSIS Notice 08-19 - Imported Raw Poultry Products Sampled for Salmonella and Campylobacter Analysis
- Docket No. FSIS-2018-0019 - Elimination of the Requirement That Livestock Carcasses Be Marked “U.S. Inspected and Passed” at the Time of Inspection Within a Slaughter Establishment for Carcasses To Be Further Processed Within the Same Establishment
- Docket No. FSIS-2019-0002 - Notice of Request To Renew an Approved Information Collection Importation and Transportation of Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products
- Docket No. FSIS-2019-0004 - Notice of Request for a New Information Collection In-Home Food Safety Behaviors and Consumer Education Web-Based Survey