FSIS FY2015 Sampling Plan Available
From the Food Safety and Inspection Service: Today, FSIS posted its Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Annual Sampling Plan that lays out the agency’s intended sampling activities. This plan continues a tradition, started by FSIS in 2012, of providing greater transparency on how the agency conducts sampling activities and manages its resources.
This FY2015 plan describes FSIS’ major activities related to microbiological and chemical residue sampling programs in domestic establishments, imports, and in-commerce facilities in FY2014 and describes the agency’s overall strategy for directing its sampling resources in FY2015. For example, FSIS intends to begin a new exploratory sampling project for raw pork products for Salmonella, results from which may be used to establish new performance standards for Salmonella in pork products.
Again this year, the report focuses on the number of samples FSIS plans to analyze, rather than the planned number of samples scheduled, reflecting new operational abilities provided through FSIS’ Public Health Information System, which allows the agency to adjust the number of samples scheduled on a monthly basis to better target the number of samples collected and analyzed.
The report is available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/data-collection-and-reports/fsis-data-analysis-and-reporting/data-reporting/fsis-data-analysis-and-reporting#samplingprograms.