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FSIS Issues Revised Directive on Significant Incident Response

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued Directive 5500.2, Revision 3, which outlines the procedures that the Emergency Management Committee (EMC) is to follow while managing significant incidents that may adversely impact food security and public health.

The directive renames the Non Routine Incident Management System to FSIS Incident Management System (FIMS), incorporates information on utilizing FIMS to track and manage significant incidents and clarifies the definitions of alerts and significant incidents. The directive also provides instructions for completing, and information on accessing, FSIS Form 5500-4, Incident Report (IR) and FSIS Form 5500-8, Impact of Significant Incidents on Establishments, Warehouses and Import Houses.

This directive replaces FSIS Directive 5500.2, Revision 2, Non-Routine Incident Response, dated 4/9/08.

 To view this directive, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISDirectives/5500.2Rev3.pdf

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