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AMS Revises Staffing Policy for Lamb Processing Facilities

Monday, February 2, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Livestock, Poultry and Seed Program's Quality Assessment Division (QAD) issued a Notice to Trade revising its staffing policy for lamb processing facilities in an effort to reduce Cumulative Trauma Disorders associated with repetitive motions. QAD, which provides grading and certification services to the meat, poultry and egg industries, will require one grader for plants offering 1,400 lamb carcasses per shift and two graders for plants offering 1,400 to 2,800 lamb carcasses per shift, effective March 2, 2015. Previously, QAD assigned one grader to plants offering less than 2,000 lamb carcasses for grading per shift and two graders for plants offering between 2,001 and 4,000 lamb carcasses per shift. If the number of lambs offered for grading service falls between 1,400 and 2,800 per shift, plants can either request a second grader or provide a plant employee to handle all remaining lambs in excess of 1,400. If plants choose the latter option, QAD grading supervisors will be on-site at all lamb plants during the first week of implementation and will assist employees in properly presenting lamb carcasses for evaluation by the grader.

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