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FSIS Issues Three New Regulatory Notices

Thursday, December 4, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued the following notices: Notice 91-08: Pesticide Survey; Notice 92-08: Verifying Data in the In-Commerce System; and Notice 93-08: 9 CFR 310.22 Relevant Regulations Updated in the PBIS Citation List.

Notice 91-08 informs inspection program personnel that FSIS will be cooperating with the Agricultural Marketing Service as that agency conducts testing of high consumption meat and poultry products for pesticide residues through its Pesticide Data Program. This survey of pesticide residue levels in beef will begin on or about December 15, 2008, and should end by September 30, 2009. This study will consist of 600 muscle and adipose (fat) tissue samples from beef cows, dairy cows, steers and heifers.

The data collected by this survey will be used by the Environmental Protection Agency to make informed decisions on dietary exposures to pesticide residues resulting from consumption of beef products. The samples will not be used for regulatory purposes, and in-plant inspection program personnel will not receive results of the analyses for regulatory action.  The notice makes clear that FSIS personnel “are NOT to retain sampled carcasses pending laboratory results for this program or to recommend that establishments hold carcasses until laboratory results are returned.”

To view this notice, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/91-08.pdf

Notice 92-08 provides Office of Program Evaluation, Enforcement and Review (OPEER) Compliance and Investigation Division (CID) Investigators with instructions regarding the verification of assignment codes and other data entered into AssuranceNet, specifically the In-Commerce System and Firm Information Module.

To view this notice, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/92-08.pdf

Notice 93-08 announces that FSIS has updated the list of regulation citations in the Performance-Based Inspection System to reflect the changes made in 9 CFR 310.22 by the final rule, “Prohibition of the Use of Specified Risk Materials for Human Food and Requirements for the Disposition of Non-Ambulatory Disabled Cattle; Prohibition of the Use of Certain Stunning Devices Used to Immobilize Cattle During Slaughter,” which the agency adopted on October 1, 2007.

 To view this notice, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/93-08.pdf

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