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FSIS Revises Directive on Recall of Meat and Poultry Products

Monday, November 17, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued Directive 8080.1, Revision 5, which provides updated information on the terminology, responsibilities and public notification procedures regarding the voluntary recall of FSIS-inspected meat and poultry products.

 The revised directive does the following:

• clarifies the various levels of distribution that represent the depth of a recall;

• clarifies the responsibilities of each FSIS program area;

• changes the office responsible for coordinating field activities for recalls of imported products; from Office of Program Evaluation, Enforcement and Review to the Office of International Affairs;

• clarifies the procedures of the Recall Committee;

• introduces public health alerts;

• changes the term “Press Release” to “Recall Release;”

• describes considerations for public notification and verification for recalls conducted at the wholesale level;

• provides for a quarterly post-recall assessment report;

• updates Attachment 1 to include recall nomenclature and examples of Recall Releases;

• updates Attachment 2 to clarify the considerations for determining the classification of a recall involving an undeclared ingredient; and  

• updates Attachment 3 to provide specific details for the Office of International Affairs review related to effectiveness checks;


The directive replaces FSIS Directive 8080.1, Revision 4, dated May 24, 2004. 


To view this directive in its entirety, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISDirectives/8080.1Rev5.pdf

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