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(202) 720-9113
Steven Cohen

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2007 - The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will hold a public meeting Aug. 7 to discuss public health based inspection in slaughter plants.

To meet the realities of food safety and public health challenges, FSIS intends to enhance its inspection system and to implement new, science-based policies. FSIS is considering proposing a new inspection system in slaughter establishments that will improve public health. Although rulemaking is not expected immediately, FSIS is seeking public input on the ideas, concepts, data, and analyses that it will use to form the basis for a technical plan and, in turn, to inform the rulemaking process.

The agency's thinking has evolved and benefited from its experience with the HACCP-based Inspection Models Project (HIMP). The new system will provide more time and more flexibility than the current systems for FSIS personnel to conduct focused off-line verification activities according to risk factors at each establishment and at points in slaughter and processing where food safety hazards, and associated risks, may be introduced. The public meeting will afford FSIS and its stakeholders an opportunity to discuss the rationale and process for the agency's enhanced approach, as well as for the Agency to present the background that has lead the Agency to its current thinking on the concept. In addition, the Agency will present the scientific foundations for future decision-making, including how to address Salmonella and Campylobacter and the use of generic E. coli as an indicator of process control.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at George Mason University, School of Public Policy, Arlington Original Building, Room 244, 3401 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22201.

Members of the public are encouraged to pre-register for the meeting. The meeting will be audiocast for those who can not attend in person. Online registration, audio information, directions to the site and the agenda will be available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/
Meetings_&_Events/index.asp
. The Agency's technical papers relating to the topic will also be posted on this page.

Comments on these papers and questions may be submitted by any of the following methods:
  • Electronic mail: Comments may be submitted to riskbasedinspection@fsis.usda.gov.
  • Mail, including floppy disks or CD-ROM's: Send to Ellyn Blumberg, RBI Public Meeting, United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 14th & Independence Avenue, SW., Mail Drop 405 Aerospace, Washington, DC 20250.
  • Hand- or courier-delivered items: Deliver to Ellyn Blumberg at 901 D Street, SW., Washington, DC. Have security guard call (202) 690-6520. Fax documents to (202) 690-6519. All submissions received must include the Agency name and docket number FSIS-2007-0026.

The comments will also be posted on FSIS' Web site at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations_&_policies/
2007_Notices_Index/index.asp
.

For further information contact: Keith Payne for technical information at (202) 690-6522 or e-mail keith.payne@fsis.usda.gov; Sally Fernandez for meeting information at (202) 690-6524, Fax (202) 690-6519, or e-mail sally.fernandez@fsis.usda.gov.

Persons requiring a sign language interpreter or other special accommodations should notify the agency contacts no later than July 26, 2007, at the numbers above or by e-mail.
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