WASHINGTON – The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) last week published its Directive 5000.2 Revision 1: Review of Establishment Testing Data by Inspection Program Personnel.

The directive is meant to clarify that inspectors have access to a wide range of records under the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control (HACCP) regulations (9 CFR part 417), and that they are to use that access to review certain types of records on a regular basis.

FSIS reissued the directive to instruct personnel on how to document that they conducted the weekly record review and to provide additional information on how to review establishment records.

Inspectors are to document each week in a memo to the file that they conducted the records review and that they discussed, if indicated, any concerns with the establishment at the weekly meeting.

District Offices may determine that an Enforcement Investigation Analysis Officer needs to conduct a food safety assessment to assess factors such as what the test results reveal about food safety, and whether the design of testing, procedures or prerequisite programs are adequately supported by the decisions made in the hazard analysis.


Source: American Meat Institute