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FSIS Issues Final Response to Petition Asking for Equal Standards for Chitterlings Inspection.

Monday, July 8, 2019

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a final response to a petition - made by Import Export Associates Inc. on behalf of CFK Foods in February 2016 - that asked FSIS to review and modify its procedures to ensure imported and domestic chitterlings are subject to equivalent standards. The group claimed there was an unequal balance in inspection because inspections were more intensely defined for imported chitterlings than domestic chitterlings, specifically when it came to fecal contamination. In its response, FSIS said the agency addressed the petition's issues when it reissued FSIS Directive 9900.2 in May 2017 to clarify FSIS does not have a zero tolerance standard for ingesta and fecal defects founds in unscalded enteric offal products, which include chitterlings.

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