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FSIS Directive Details Revised Emergency Procedures

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has released a revised directive (5420.4, Revision 5), which details the procedures that the Import Inspection Division of the Office of International Affairs (OIA) and FSIS field personnel are to follow when the Department of Homeland Security declares a threat condition Yellow, Orange, or Red.

This directive establishes how threat condition declarations are to be communicated to import inspection personnel; provides specific instructions to import inspection personnel on how to record any findings and respond to threat condition declarations; provides procedures for informing OIA supervisors, the Office of Food Defense and Emergency Response (OFDER), and border personnel from other agencies of security concerns; provides procedures to effectively address and resolve noted security concerns in order to ensure that food is protected, thereby protecting public health; and  provides instruction for import inspection personnel when checking to see if a facility (official establishment, in-commerce facility, or port-of-entry) has a food defense plan.

This directive replaces FSIS Directive 5420.4, Revision 4, Homeland Security Threat Condition Response – Emergency Procedures for the Office of International Affairs Import Inspection Division, dated 1/7/08.

To view this directive, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISDirectives/5420.4Rev5.pdf

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