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FSIS Announces Changes in ICS Business Tier Structure

Friday, September 23, 2011

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued FSIS Notice 53-11: In-Commerce Surveillance Priorities. This notice advises Compliance and Investigations Division (CID) Investigators, Supervisory Investigators (SIs), and Regional Directors (RDs) of changes to the In-Commerce System (ICS ) business tier structure and updates instructions for prioritizing surveillance activities.

Effective September 12, 2011, OPEER revised the business tier structure in ICS, which include changes in the tiers to which certain business types are assigned. OPEER moved some types of businesses (e.g., food banks, exempt poultry) from tier 3 to tier 2 and other types of businesses (e.g., restaurants, retailers, institutions) from tier 2 to tier 3.  OPEER did not move the types of businesses in Tier 1.

This notice does not change the work methods found in FSIS Directive 8010.1, Methodology for Conducting In-Commerce Surveillance Activities, that CID Investigators are to use when conducting surveillance activities.  FSIS intends to amend FSIS Directive 8010.1 to include the surveillance prioritization instructions found in section IV of this notice.

OPEER will conduct an analysis about 90 days following publication of this notice to evaluate its effectiveness.

To view this notice, go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/53-11.pdf.

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