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Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Bridgette Keefe

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2006 - The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced a two-day public meeting to review and discuss issues relating to a risk-based inspection system (RBIS).

The meeting will be held October 10-11, 2006, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at George Mason University, 3401 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington, Virginia. More detailed information on the location of the meeting, directions to the site and the agenda will be posted prior to the meeting at FSIS' RBIS Web site: www.fsis.usda.gov/
regulations_&_Policies/Risk_Based_Inspection/
. Members of the public are required to pre-register for the meeting, which will be broadcast electronically for viewing in selected locations in other parts of the country. Directions for registering and a list of selected locations for viewing the proceedings will also be posted on the RBIS Web site.

The agenda includes discussions of the following issues:
  • Measuring establishment risk control for risk-based inspection; and
  • Measuring product inherent risk for risk-based inspection.

Technical papers on these two topics are also available on FSIS' RBIS Web site. In addition, FSIS will begin a discussion on how these two measures of risk might be used to implement RBIS.

FSIS is responsible for ensuring that meat, poultry, and egg products are safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged. To meet the realities of food safety and public health challenges, FSIS is shifting to a more robust RBIS that continues to rely on science-based policies.

In July 2004, the Agency outlined the basic features of a predictive model that would permit FSIS to improve resource allocation by considering the inherent risks and risk control effectiveness of the many meat and poultry establishments under federal inspection. In November 2005, FSIS addressed the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) on progress toward achieving a more robust RBIS. In May 2006, the Agency again addressed NACMPI - this time on ideas the Agency has on measuring establishment risk control effectiveness.

In October, FSIS will present some ideas about how the Agency can develop measures of inherent food safety risk for federally-inspected meat and poultry processing establishments and to solicit stakeholder input on the subject. FSIS will also accept stakeholder input on how to measure establishment control of risk. Finally, FSIS will accept stakeholder input on how the two measures of risk might be used to implement RBIS.

FSIS has used Resolve, a national non-profit organization, to assist with the stakeholder input process. Resolve specializes in mediating, facilitating, and building consensus on solutions to scientifically complex public policy issues, including those in the areas of food safety, agriculture, and public health.

FSIS welcomes interested persons to attend the meeting and submit comments on the above topics through October 27. All comments will be posted on FSIS' Web site and will be considered part of the public record. Comments may be submitted either electronically to RiskBasedInspection@fsis.usda.gov or by fax at (202) 690-6519. For technical information, contact Robert Tynan at (202) 720-3884 or by e-mail to Robert.Tynan@fsis.usda.gov.

Persons requiring a sign language interpreter or any other special accommodations for the public meeting should contact Ellyn Blumberg at (202) 690-6520 or by e-mail to Ellyn.Blumberg@fsis.usda.gov.
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Last Modified May 31, 2013