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FSIS Issues Notice on Verification of Carcasses

Monday, May 5, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued FSIS Notice 35-08, “Verification of Carcasses That An Establishment Further Processes Without An Official Inspection Legend.”

This notice provides inspection program personnel with clarification related to establishments that elect not to have the mark of inspection applied to carcasses that will remain in the facility for further processing.

The Agency intends to revise its regulations to remove the requirement that carcasses bear the mark following inspection on the slaughter floor if the carcass is to be further processed in the establishment.

 Pending this rulemaking, inspection program personnel are to allow inspected and passed carcasses to leave the slaughter floor without being marked if:

1. the establishment requests that they not be marked;

2. the establishment further processes the unmarked carcasses at the establishment; and

3. the establishment maintains control of the carcasses in the manner described in the notice.

Upon receipt of this notice, inspection program personnel at livestock slaughter establishments are to inform establishment management at the next weekly meeting that the Agency is allowing inspected and passed carcasses to remain unmarked when leaving the slaughter floor if the establishment meets certain guidelines.

To view this notice in its entirety, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/35-08.pdf

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