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FSIS Revises Directive 5500.2: Non-Routine Incident Response

Thursday, April 10, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has updated Directive 5500.2:Non-Routine Incident Response.

The purpose of the directive is to outline the procedures that the Emergency Management Committee (EMC) is to follow while managing a non-routine incident.

A non-routine incident presents a grave or potentially grave threat to public health involving FSIS-regulated product. Examples of non-routine incidents include but are not limited to the following: life-threatening, human illnesses potentially implicating FSIS-regulated product; deliberate contamination of FSIS-regulated product; animal disease with potentially significant public health implications for FSIS-regulated product.

Additional situations that FSIS may consider as non-routine incidents include natural disasters, terrorist attacks on the nation’s critical infrastructures and other incidents requiring a national coordinated response and incidents involving FSIS-regulated products and law enforcement authorities, e.g. stolen trucks.

To view the revised directive, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISDirectives/5500.2Rev2.pdf

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