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Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Steven Cohen

WASHINGTON, Mar. 30, 2007 - The Food Safety and Inspection (FSIS) today announced a series of meetings focused on specific topics relating to risk-based inspection (RBI) in processing plants.

To improve food safety and better protect public health, FSIS intends to better utilize the information regularly collected at processing establishments. By taking into account the relative risk of what each processing plant produces and how each plant is controlling risk in its operations, FSIS will more effectively focus inspection activities at those processing plants needing it the most, while continuing daily inspection at all processing facilities.

FSIS is conducting a series of technical summits that will address various elements of RBI. FSIS seeks input from all stakeholders in an open and transparent manner. At each summit, FSIS will present an issue paper on its current thinking or other relevant materials concerning the respective topic and offer questions to solicit feedback. These will be posted on the Agency's Web site prior to each summit. Each meeting will be moderated to ensure that all participants have ample opportunity to present their views and a transcript of the meetings will be made available on the FSIS Web site, http://www.fsis.usda.gov.

Meetings will be held on the following dates:
  • Monday, April 2, 2007 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meeting will focus on the algorithm used to compute risk-based inspection levels for processing establishments.
  • Thursday, April 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The meeting will address the issue of attributing illness to food.
  • Wednesday, April 25, 2007 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meeting will focus on production volume as one element used to calculate inherent risk.
  • Monday, April 30, 2007 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meeting will focus on issues surrounding the possible use of industry generated data to inform policy.

A technical meeting on the expert elicitation process is also planned. The date will be announced at a later time.

All meetings will be held in Room 244 at George Mason University, 3401 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Va., 22201. Directions to the site, the agenda, and other meeting materials will be posted on the FSIS Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov. The meetings will also be available by conference call. Specific information concerning connections and the telephone number will be posted on the FSIS Web site, as will any changes in meeting dates or
times.

Members of the public should pre-register for the meetings. Online registration information is located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov. Registrants should indicate if they will be attending in person or by audio hook-up.

FSIS welcomes comments on the topics to be discussed at the public meetings. Comments may be submitted on meeting topics by any of the following methods for 30 days from the date of completion of each public meeting.

By electronic mail: An e-mail box has been established specifically for comments for RBI. Comments can be submitted to: riskbasedinspection@fsis.usda.gov.

By mail, send to Ellyn Blumberg, USDA, FSIS, Aerospace Building, 3rd floor, room 405, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250. Hand or courier-delivered items should be delivered to Ellyn Blumberg at 901 D Street, SW., Washington, DC 20024. Please have the security guard call (202) 690-6520 in order to hand deliver items.

Comments can also be faxed to (202) 690-6519. All submissions received must include the Agency name and docket number FSIS-2007-0012 and the meeting topic. The comments also will be posted on the Agency's Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov.

For further information about the meetings or to request special accommodations, contact Sally Fernandez for meeting information at (202) 690-6524, by fax, (202) 690-6519, or by e-mail, sally.fernandez@fsis.usda.gov. For technical information, contact Keith Payne at (202) 690-6522 or by e-mail at keith.payne@fsis.usda.gov.
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Last Modified May 31, 2013