By Chris Young, Executive Director ASSESSMENT AND VERIFICATION REVIEWS OF AN OFFICIAL LIVESTOCK ESTABLISHMENT’S ROBUST SYSTEMATIC APPROACH PLAN FOR HUMANE HANDLING AND SLAUGHTER This notice provides instructions to FSIS Public Health Veterinarians (PHVs), inspection program personnel (IPP) and District Veterinary Medical Specialists (DVMSs) about assessing and informing official livestock establishments whether their written systematic approach […]

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The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has published Directive 7230.1, Ongoing Verification of Product Formulation and Labeling Targeting the Eight Most Common (“Big 8”) Food Allergens. This directive instructs agency employees how to verify that inspected establishments are controlling and labeling the eight most common allergens. The “Big 8” allergens — wheat, crustacean shellfish, […]

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On January 15, FSIS announced the availability of the agency’s draft Establishment-Specific Data Release Strategic Plan (the draft plan) for sharing data on federally inspected meat and poultry establishments with the public. FSIS developed the plan in response to memoranda released by President Obama and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that called for […]

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