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FSIS Issues Directive on Food Defense Surveillance Procedures and Terrorism Advisory System Alert Response

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued Directive 5420.3, Revision 6, which describes the Food Defense Surveillance Procedures that Food Safety and Inspection Service, Office of Program Evaluation, Enforcement and Review (OPEER), Compliance and Investigations Division (CID), personnel are to perform and the frequency with which these procedures are to be performed.

The directive also describes additional actions that are to be followed at in-commerce facilities and facilities (other than official import inspection establishments) located at ports-of-entry when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issues a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) alert.

On January 27, 2011, the DHS announced that it would discontinue the color-coded Threat Conditions of the Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS), on April 27, 2011, in favor of NTAS.

This directive replaces FSIS Directive 5420.3, Revision 5, Homeland Security Threat Condition Response – Surveillance of Establishments and Products In Commerce, dated 06/25/08.

To view this directive, go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISDirectives/5420.3.pdf.


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