Constituent Update - September 8, 2023
FSIS Launches API for Recall Data
On September 7, 2023, FSIS launched a new feature on its website that enables software developers to access data on recalls and public health alerts through an application programming interface (API)—a development that will transform the way the public can benefit from this critical and timely public health information.
APIs are digital tools that enable different programs to communicate with each other and exchange data easily and securely in real time. They have become a key component of modern software architectures and standard practice worldwide and are offered by many U.S. government agencies. The API acts as a bridge, allowing software developers to leverage FSIS recall data to create new value-driven products or incorporate them into existing digital services and mobile apps that inform consumers, provide context to other datasets, or monitor food safety risks that meet certain criteria.
The recall API is an example of how USDA leverages human-centered design, data, technology, and digital services to provide customers with easy-to-navigate online tools for critical programs and services. This is FSIS’ first public API and an exciting development for the agency as it continues to create opportunities for transparency, innovation, and collaboration.
Available for Public Comment
FSIS seeks public comments on proposed rules and notices, which are viewable on the FSIS Federal Register & Rulemaking webpage. FSIS is currently seeking comments on the following:
Until September 11: Notice of Request for a New Information Collection: Qualitative Research on Food Safety Behaviors Among Parents and Caregivers Who Prepare Meals for Minors or Older Adults. In Depth Interview Research
FSIS notices and directives on public health and regulatory issues are available on the FSIS Policy webpage. The following policy update was recently issued:
FSIS Notice 47-23 - Updated: New Self-Service Reassignment System for In-Plant Inspection Program Personnel
FSIS Notice 46-23 - Eligibility Criteria and Procedures for Ordering FSIS Business Cards and Format of the Business Cards
FSIS Directive 6100.3 - Ante-Mortem and Post-Mortem Poultry Inspection - Revision 2
Export Requirements Update
The Library of Export Requirements has been updated for products for the following:
- European Union
- Costa Rica
- United Arab Emirates
Complete information can be found at the FSIS Import & Export Library.