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FSIS Launches RSS Feeds and Web 2.0 Tools to Enhance Food Safety Awareness
Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Amanda Eamich

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2009 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today launched a set of RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, feeds for news and recall releases. Additionally, FSIS is making available a new capability to bookmark and share food safety content on personal and publicly shared Web pages.

"We are excited to provide food safety information and resources in another timely and convenient manner," said FSIS Administrator Al Almanza. "For issues of food safety and public health, delivering useful information to as many consumers as possible is a top priority."

RSS feeds are an effective method of summarizing the latest news and information from a website that can be easily read by many news readers or news aggregators. RSS feeds for news content complements those already available for the FSIS podcasting series Food Safety at Home and Food Safety for Meat, Poultry and Processed Egg Product Inspection Podcasts. RSS feeds are available at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Feeds/index.asp.

Enabling users to re-purpose food safety content in Web-based communities will expand the reach of educational materials by enabling users to share information from FSIS' Web site on personal social media pages.

As another means of engaging with consumers, FSIS is launching a Twitter presence to reach out to an audience that the Agency might not be reaching through traditional means of communication such as news releases and other publications. To keep up with food safety announcements and useful tips and resources, follow us at www.twitter.com/USDAFoodSafety.

These features will encourage wider use and awareness of multimedia and other informational resources provided by FSIS. Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. Podcasts and SignFSIS video-casts in American Sign Language featuring text-captioning are available on the Web at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/news_&_events/multimedia/.
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