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FSIS Issues Revised Directive on Identifying Illegally Imported or Smuggled Products

Thursday, November 4, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued FSIS Directive 9600.1, Revision 1: Illegally Imported or Smuggled Products and Reporting in the Import Alert Tracking System.

This directive provides methodologies that the employees of the Office of Program Evaluation, Enforcement and Review (OPEER), the Office of International Affairs (OIA) and the Office of Data Integration and Food Protection (ODIFP) are to employ when surveillance or investigations identify meat, poultry, or egg products from a foreign country that have been illegally imported or smuggled.

FSIS is reissuing this directive to incorporate updated information regarding the use of the Import Alert Tracking System (IATS).  The IATS is the FSIS automated data system that principally tracks findings of illegally imported or smuggled products into the United States.  The IATS will also track incidents involving “failure to present products” (FTP), any potential food defense incident, or incidents of other concern involving imported meat, poultry, or egg products. The IATS has been designed to automate the processes of incident notifications between FSIS program areas.  IATS also automates the convening of the Hazard Evaluation Committee (HEC) and the elevation of an Import Alert to an Incident Report (IR) when appropriate.

To view this directive, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISDirectives/9600.1.pdf

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