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FSIS Publishes List of Issuances Slated for August

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) plans to release the following issuances during the month of August:

FSIS Directive 5000.5, Verification of Establishment Sanitation Procedures When Conducted Less Than Daily: This directive provides instructions to FSIS inspection program personnel on how to verify compliance with the sanitation regulations in establishments that conduct complete sanitation less frequently than every day. It provides instructions to inspection program personnel for verifying the adequacy of establishments’ documentation associated with these sanitation procedures.

FSIS Directive 5100.4, Prioritized Scheduling of Food Safety Assessments: This directive provides the decision criteria that District Case Specialists (DCS) are to use in scheduling food safety assessments (FSAs).  It includes background information on prioritizing FSAs, instructions on prioritized scheduling of FSA, an FSA Scheduling Priorities and Criteria Quick Reference Table and an attachment containing further information on prioritized scheduling of “for cause” FSAs.

FSIS Directive 6200.1, Enhanced Inspection of Poultry Related to a Notification of a HPAI Outbreak by FSIS: This directive provides inspection program personnel at poultry slaughter establishments the necessary enhanced inspection procedures for domestic poultry during an HPAI outbreak.  FSIS and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on June 30, 2006, to coordinate a potential USDA effort to control and eradicate an outbreak of HPAI.  Once issued, this directive would not be implemented unless there was an outbreak that required its use.

FSIS Directive 9500.5 Laboratory Sampling Program for Imported Meat and Poultry Products: This directive addresses import inspection personnel. It provides instructions on the laboratory sampling of imported meat and poultry products.  It provides instructions on how import inspection personnel are to collect, prepare, and submit samples for laboratory analyses and how import inspection personnel are to interpret laboratory results and take appropriate action.

FSIS Directive 10,010.1, Revision 2, Verification Activities for E. coli O157:H7 in Raw Beef Products: FSIS is reissuing this directive to incorporate in one document the instructions that it has issued in multiple FSIS notices regarding E. coli O157:H7 and to clarify policy and procedures as necessary.  The directive includes instructions to inspection program personnel and import inspection personnel for sampling raw beef products for FSIS verification testing for E. coli O157:H7.  In addition, it outlines actions FSIS will take when samples of raw ground beef, raw ground beef components, or raw beef patty components test positive for E. coli O157:H7.  Finally, it includes instructions for other verification activities concerning E. coli O157:H7.

FSIS Notice, Ante Mortem of Livestock Offered for Slaughter by the Establishment: This notice provides inspection program personnel with instructions on how to verify and reconcile the number of animals presented for ante-mortem inspection with the number of animals passed for slaughter and then slaughtered.

FSIS Notice, Manufacture of Animal Food or Un-inspected Articles at Official Establishments: This notice provides instructions to inspection program personnel on FSIS policy and the responsibility of official establishments that manufacture animal food or similar uninspected article in the edible product department.

FSIS Notice, Scheduling FSAs and IVTs: This notice cancels FSIS Notice 78-08, reissues the majority of the instructions found in that notice, updates existing instructions, and provides instructions for performing IVTs and FSAs in response to positive RTE Salmonella results.

FSIS Notice, Ensuring Sample Integrity when Submitting Samples to the Laboratory for Residue Testing: This notice clarifies FSIS policy for inspection program personnel to ensure sample integrity when they prepare samples from carcasses suspected of having violative levels of chemical residues for submission to the laboratories.  This notice also makes it clear that establishment employees are not authorized to collect FSIS samples and that only inspection program personnel may collect FSIS samples. 

FSIS Notice, Verification Of Establishments’ Response To Presumptive Positive Testing Results For Ready-To-Eat (RTE) Meat And Poultry Products: This notice instructs inspection program personnel to review establishments’ testing results for RTE meat and poultry products to ensure that the appropriate action is taken when product tests presumptive positive for Listeria monocytogenes (Lm).

FSIS Notice, Routine Sampling and Testing of Beef Manufacturing Trimmings Derived From Cattle not Slaughtered in that Establishment for Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7: The notice issues instructions to implement routine sampling and testing for E. coli O157:H7 of beef manufacturing trimmings derived from cattle not slaughtered on site at the establishment.  Establishments producing trimmings intended for use in raw ground beef and derived from cattle not slaughtered on site at the establishment will be included in the sampling frame.

Compliance Guidelines Use of Video/Digital Recording as Records in Federally Inspected Establishments: This document provides guidance to industry on implications of using electronic video or digital recording equipment for monitoring their operations and facilities for various purposes.

For more information go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/


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