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FSIS Announces Upcoming Annual Food Defense Plan Survey

Friday, July 1, 2011

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued Directive 30-11: Sixth Food Defense Plan Survey, which announces that the upcoming annual food defense plan survey, the sixth in a series, will begin today July 1, 2011, and close on July 31, 2011.  The survey will gather data about industry‚Äôs voluntary adoption of food defense plans.

Food defense plans are voluntary (i.e., not mandated by regulation); however, FSIS considers such plans to be an important tool that can reduce the risk of intentional adulteration of food products.  The questions in the food defense plan survey are intended to determine whether an establishment has a food defense plan, and, if so, whether the plan is functional (i.e., the measures in the plan have been implemented and tested periodically and the plan is reviewed at least annually).

Previous surveys were conducted in August 2006, November 2007, August 2008, December 2009, and August 2010.  This survey will include the same types of establishments as in 2010: official meat and poultry slaughter and processing establishments, processed egg product plants, and official import inspection establishments.

To view the directive, go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/30-11.pdf.

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