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Food Safety and Inspection Followup on the 2007 and 2008 Audit Initiatives

Report Information

Date Issued
Report Number:
Report Type
Food Safety and Inspection Service
Joint Report
Agency Wide
Yes (agency-wide)
Questioned Costs
Funds for Better Use


Develop and implement a process to monitor and track the completion of all of the required elements and sub-elements of employees' In-Plant Performance System (IPPS) reviews. This process should include procedures for FSIS management to verify that all the required elements and sub elements for an IPPS review are completed.

Make improvements to the AssuranceNet system, as necessary, to ensure data reliability.

Implement a process that requires FSIS inspectors to receive annual recertification on humane handling requirements. This process should require specific ongoing training to all staff including front line supervisors on current and new program requirements and the applicable directives, including examples of how to apply those requirements at the district and establishment levels. This recertification training should also include guidance on issuing the various disciplinary tools (e.g., noncompliance records and notice of intended enforcement (NOIE)).

Develop and implement procedures for district officials to follow and document when performing oversight and monitoring of front-line supervisors' activities.

Develop and implement a policy that requires front-line supervisors to document their monitoring and oversight activities (separate from the twice per year IPPS review requirement) at assigned establishments on a periodic basis.