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FSIS Extends Comment Period Regarding Proposal to Hold Truckers, Others Responsible for Inhumane Treatment at Plants

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) extended the comment period to January 24, 2017, concerning a proposed policy change, Inhumane Handling of Livestock in Connection with Slaughter by Persons Not Employed by the Official Establishment , which would hold livestock owners, transporters, haulers and other persons not employed by an official establishment responsible when they are involved in inhumane treatment of livestock on an official establishment's premises. The comment period was originally set to close on November 25, 2016. The notice also provides that if a "non-employee" and an establishment employee are both engaged in a humane handling violation, FSIS will initiate action against the non-employee and take the appropriate regulatory control or administrative enforcement action against the establishment.

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