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FSIS Issues Additional Instructions For Responding When Adulterated or Misbranded Product Enters Commerce; Verification of HACCP Reassessment

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

(American Meat Institute)

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued Notice 36-13, providing additional instructions to District Office (DO) personnel and inspection program personnel (IPP) on how to respond when an establishment notifies them that adulterated or misbranded product has entered commerce. The notice is an update to a final rule issued in May 2012 requiring establishments to notify the local DO within 24 hours of learning or determining that an adulterated or misbranded meat or poultry product received by or originating from the establishment has entered commerce. The notice also provides instructions to IPP on how to verify that an official establishment is documenting its HACCP reassessments. Regulations require establishments to document the reasons for any changes to the HACCP plan based on the reassessment or the reasons for not changing the HACCP plan.

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