USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced it will hold a series of public meetings to discuss and receive public input on the Agency's draft proposed guidance concerning Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Validation.
FSIS made a preliminary draft of the validation guidance available in March in order to hear from the public earlier in the guidance development process, as requested by a number of stakeholders. The guidance does not create any new requirements on establishments, but rather clarifies existing requirements and provides direction on how processors, especially small processors, can meet them.
USDA was deeply committed to enhancing food safety in a way that supported small processors, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. FSIS' transparent and open process for developing this guidance was designed to ensure that the agency could effectively help establishments of all sizes improved the safety of their products and reduced the incidence of foodborne illness.
The first heraring on June 14, 2010, in the USDA South Building, Jefferson Auditorium, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250.
Comments on the preliminary draft are due June 19th. FSIS will review the public comments on the preliminary guidance, and then announce an updated draft document in the Federal Register in July for a second round of comments. As part of the second comment period, FSIS will hold two additional public meetings. Each meeting will include presentations, a question and answer period, and a public comment period.
The preliminary draft guidance and more information on validation are available here
Pre-registration for these meetings is encouraged.
To pre-register, access the FSIS website here
Source: USDA – United States Department of Agriculture