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FSIS Extends Comment Period for Changes to Requirements for the Disposition of Non-ambulatory Disabled Veal Calves

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has extended the comment period by 30 days for a proposed rule that would require veal calves that are brought to slaughter, but cannot rise and walk, to be promptly and humanely euthanized and prohibited from entering the food supply. Currently, FSIS allows veal calves that are unable to rise from a recumbent position to be set aside and warmed or rested, and then subsequently presented for slaughter if they regain the ability to walk. According to FSIS, the proposed rule would improve compliance with the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act of 1978 and the humane slaughter implementing regulations, as well as improve inspection efficiency by allowing FSIS inspection program personnel to devote more time to food safety related activities. The new deadline to submit comments is August 12, 2015. Public comments may be submitted online or by mail to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Patriots Plaza 3, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Mailstop 3782, Room 8-163A, Washington, DC 20250-3700.

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