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Constituent Update - September 26, 2014

Alfred V. Almanza Named Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety

Alfred V. Almanza has been named Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety. This is a newly created position in the Office of Food Safety, where Brian Ronholm will also remain on board as Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety. Mr. Almanza has served as Administrator of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service since 2007. He began his FSIS career as a Food Inspector from 1978-1984, and he has held a number of positions with the agency, including as a District Manager from 2004-2007. 

New FSIS Brochure Now Available

FSIS has developed a new brochure “FSIS Food Safety and Food Defense: Information for In-Commerce Firms” to help inform firms that have food service operations, such as retailers, restaurants, arenas and stadiums about the agency’s mission and the role of the FSIS compliance investigation officer who may conduct food safety/defense surveillance activities at these firms. 

The brochure describes what a business can expect when an FSIS compliance investigation officer arrives at their facility to conduct these activities. It provides an overview of the difference between food safety and food defense and measures a firm can take, such as developing a food defense plan to further protect the food supply and public health. There is also information on where to find additional resources and guidance on food defense for In-Commerce firms.

The brochure can be viewed at and printed from the following website: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/86cc4d8e-c963-4be2-936a-745e2da9063a/food-defense-incommerce-firms.pdf?MOD=AJPERES.

Export Requirement Updates

The Library of Export Requirements has been updated to reflect changes in export requirements for the following countries:

  • Thailand

Complete information can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/exporting-products

Update: FSIS Testing for E. coli

FSIS posts bi-weekly updates for the agency’s raw ground beef E. coli sampling program. Included are testing results of raw ground beef component samples for E. coli O157:H7 and STECs from FSIS routine and follow-up sampling programs. Also featured is data for non-O157 STECs by each non-O157 STEC serogroup.

Between June 4, 2012 and Sept. 21, 2014, FSIS laboratory services analyzed a total of 7,122 beef trim samples (6,115 domestic and 1,007 imported); 2,076 routine follow-up samples (1,962 domestic and 114 imported); and 111 non-routine follow-up/traceback samples. Ninety-five samples were found to be positive; 45 were domestic trim samples; 4 were imported trim samples; 42 were domestic follow-up samples; and 4 were non-routine follow-up/traceback samples. To date, three samples have been positive for both O157:H7 and non-O157 STEC and six samples have been positive for two different non-O157 O-groups.

To review testing results, visit the E. coli data tables at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/data-collection-and-reports/microbiology/ec/.

FSDZ on the Road Again

The USDA’s Food Safety Discovery Zone (FSDZ) is back on the road! The FSDZ will be in Durham, Conn., at the Agricultural Fair today through Sunday.

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.

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.

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.

Follow Us On Twitter

Find food safety information for at-risk people, along with tips and resources to keep consumers and other interested groups informed of the latest agency news and events. Follow FSIS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/USDAFoodSafety.  

Also Tweet en Español

The FSIS Spanish language Twitter feed keeps consumers and other interested communities informed of the latest agency news and events and provides useful food safety tips.

About FSIS

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. To learn more, visit http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/informational/aboutfsis.

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.   

Leadership

Agency leadership information can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/informational/aboutfsis/agency-leadership.