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FSIS Reissues Five Key Notices Covering Varied Issues

Monday, May 4, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has reissued five notices to the inspection workforce covering a wide variety of issues.

 FSIS Notice 38-09, Verification of Carcasses That An Establishment Further Processes Without an Official Inspection Legend, reissues instructions found in FSIS Notice 35-08.  This notice provides inspection program personnel with clarification related to establishments that elect not to have the mark of inspection applied to carcasses that will remain in the facility for further processing. To view this notice, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/38-09.pdf

 FSIS Notice 37-09, Synchronization of Field Computers, reissues information found in FSIS Notice 29-08.  This notice applies to all inspection program personnel who use the Performance Based Inspection System (PBIS), the Electronic Animal Disposition Reporting System (eADRS), or the Daily Activity Report (DAR) software applications. The notice details why it is necessary to synchronize field computers; provides instructions regarding how to synchronize field computers; states when to synchronize field computers; provides notification of synchronization status; clarifies actions to take when field computers are not successfully synchronized; and provides contact information for the FSIS Service Desk.  To view this notice, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/37-09.pdf

 FSIS Notice 36-09, Export of Poultry Product for Russia, reissues the content of FSIS Notice 27-08.  The notice clarifies that poultry products within a carton bearing a label in Russian that says “Product of USA for Export to Russia” have been processed under conditions that meet Russian import requirements and that this label does not say, nor is it intended to mean, that the carton of poultry may be exported only to Russia.  Consequently, inspection program personnel may issue original or replacement export certification documents for the export of products that bear the Russia statement to countries other than Russia.  To view this notice, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/36-09.pdf

 FSIS Notice 35-09, Contacting the Policy Development Division (PDD), reissues information from FSIS Notice 26-08, which informs customers regarding how they can contact PDD. To view this notice, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/35-09.pdf

 FSIS Notice 34-09, Revised Notice for Certifying Products Under Export Verification (EV) Programs, reissues the instructions found in FSIS Notice 19-06 and provides FSIS personnel with revised instructions for carrying out FSIS’s certification process for meat products exported under export verification programs.  FSIS personnel are to verify that the applicant provides a signed document from the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) confirming that each EV requirement has been met by the establishment or establishments that produced the product being presented for export to any country for which an EV program has been established.  The AMS confirmation letter is not required for EV programs for products being exported to Mexico or Canada.  To view this notice, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/34-09.pdf

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