Log in Subscribe Join Grass Roots Action

FSIS Issues Revised Directive on Food Safety Assessment Methodology

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued FSIS Directive 5100.1, Revision 1, to provide instructions to Enforcement, Investigations, and Analysis Officers (EIAOs) regarding the methodology they are to use when conducting comprehensive food safety assessments and how they are to document their findings.

FSIS reissued this directive to incorporate section IV from Chapter 4 of FSIS Directive 5000.1, Verifying an Establishment’s Food Safety System. The added information is in Part IX, Verification Plans.  FSIS added this work method information to Directive 5100.1 so that the information is in the directive that addresses EIAO activities.  The revised directive also includes additional work methods for EIAOs regarding how to make and document recommendations.

The comprehensive food safety assessment is supposed to consider all food safety aspects that relate to an establishment and its products, the nature and source of all materials received, the establishment’s processes and its environment. The EIAO is to assess the design and validity of the hazard analysis, HACCP plan; Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures,  pre-requisite programs, testing programs, e.g., generic E. coli written procedures, and any other programs that constitute the establishment’s HACCP system.

To view this directive in its entirety, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISDirectives/5100.1Rev1.pdf

 share on facebook  share on twitter