The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced key achievements for fiscal year (FY) 2020. It highlighted progress to modernize the agency and fulfill its mission to prevent foodborne illness and protect public health. No FSIS regulated establishments closed due to a lack of inspection personnel as a result of Covid-19. In FY 2020, the agency inspected more than 166 million head of livestock and 9.68 billion poultry carcasses. The FSIS inspected 2.5 billion pounds of liquid, frozen, and dried egg products. FSIS inspection program personnel also conducted 7.3 million food safety and food defense procedures across 6,500 regulated establishments to ensure meat, poultry, and egg products are safe and wholesome. In October 2019, FSIS published the final rule on the Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection. FSIS announced the Egg Products Inspection Regulations final rule on September 9, 2020, the first time that egg product inspection methods have been modernized since 1970. FSIS modernized laboratory methods for identifying Salmonella, moving to DNA based methods. In September 2020, FSIS, in conjunction with USDA’s Office of Food Safety, released the Roadmap to Reducing Salmonella. The agency reinspected 4.3 billion pounds of meat and poultry and 7 million pounds of eggs in FY 2020. In January, FSIS allowed U.S. exporters to apply electronically and receive export certification for the People’s Republic of China. @ https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/newsroom/news-releases-statements-transcripts/news-release-archives-by-year/archive/2020/nr-12162020-01
FSIS summarized the year highlighting their accomplishments
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced key achievements for fiscal year (FY) 2020 and highlighted progress on its goal of modernizing the agency and fulfilling its mission to prevent foodborne illness and protect public health.