USDA Announces New Traceback Measures, Recall Procedures

P. Scott Shearer, Vice President

May 4, 2012

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USDA Announces New Traceback Measures, Recall Procedures


USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced new policy measures that will affect inspected establishments.  FSIS will implement new traceback measures which, when there is an indication of contamination through presumptive positive test results for E. coli, the agency will attempt to “link products, companies and the pathogen to a sole source supplier.” 

FSIS said the action was taken to control pathogens earlier and “prevent them from triggering foodborne illnesses and outbreaks.”  Also, FSIS will be implementing three provisions required by the 2008 Farm Bill. 

The provisions will require establishments to prepare and maintain recall procedures, to notify FSIS within 24 hours that a meat or poultry product that could harm consumers has been shipped into commerce, and to document each reassessment of their hazard control and critical control point (HACCP) system food safety plans.  

About the Author(s)

P. Scott Shearer

Vice President, Bockorny Group, Inc.

Scott Shearer is vice president of the Bockorny Group Inc., a leading bipartisan government affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C. With more than 30 years experience in government and corporate relations in state and national arenas, he is recognized as a leader in agricultural trade issues, having served as co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for U.S.-China Trade and co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for Trade Promotion Authority. Scott was instrumental in the passage of China Permanent Normal Trade Relations and TPA. He is past chairman of the USDA-USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products and was a member of the USAID Food Security Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Bockorny Group, Scott served as director of national relations for Farmland Industries Inc., as well as USDA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs (1993-96), serving as liaison for the Secretary of Agriculture and the USDA to Congress.

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