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FSIS Releases Revised Directive on Review of Establishment Testing Data

Thursday, July 3, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has published Directive 5000.2 Revision 1: Review of Establishment Testing Data by Inspection Program Personnel.


The purpose of this directive is to clarify that inspection program personnel have access to a wide range of records under the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control (HACCP) regulations (9 CFR part 417), and that they are to use that access to review certain types of records on a regular basis.


FSIS is reissuing this directive to instruct inspection program personnel on how to document that they conducted the weekly record review and to provide additional information on how to review establishment records.


Inspection program personnel are to document each week in a memorandum to the file that they conducted the records review and that they discussed, if indicated, any concerns with the establishment at the weekly meeting.


Based on the concerns raised by inspection program personnel through supervisory channels, District Offices may determine that an Enforcement Investigation Analysis Officer needs to conduct a food safety assessment to assess factors such as what the test results reveal about food safety, and whether the design of testing, procedures or prerequisite programs are adequately supported by the decisions made in the hazard analysis.


Refer questions to the Policy Development Division at 1-800-233-3935.

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