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FSIS Issues Directive on Reporting in the Import Alert Tracking System

Friday, March 28, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued FSIS Directive 9600.1: Illegally Imported or Smuggled Products and Reporting in the Import Alert Tracking System.

This directive provides methodologies that employees of the Office of Program Evaluation, Enforcement and Review (OPEER), the Office of International Affairs (OIA), and the Office of Food Defense and Emergency Response should apply when surveillance or investigations identify meat, poultry, or egg products from a foreign country that have been illegally imported or smuggled, or are intended to be illegally imported or smuggled into the United States. This directive also introduces the use of the Import Alert Tracking System (IATS).

The IATS is the FSIS’s automated data system that principally tracks findings of illegally imported or smuggled products into the United States. The IATS will also track incidents involving Failure to Present, and any potential incidents of a food defense or of other concern involving imported meat, poultry, or egg products. The IATS has been designed to automate the processes of incident notifications between FSIS program areas. IATS also automates the convening of the Hazard Evaluation Committee and creating a Non-Routine Incident Report when appropriate.

The IATS is accessible at: http://nrims.fsis.usda.gov/iats. E-Authentication credentials are required to access the IATS. The IATS Users Manual is available through the “Help” menu in the IATS.

To view this directive in its entirety, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISDirectives/9600-1.pdf

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