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AMS Accepts Meat Institute’s Proposed Changes to FPPS for Animal Handling and Welfare

Monday, August 21, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

The Agricultural Marketing Service has accepted the Meat Institute’s proposed changes to the agency’s Federal Purchase Program Specification (FPPS) for Animal Handling and Welfare. Specifically, the Meat Institute objected to language in the FPPS that would divert U.S. Suspect animals from AMS purchase programs. The Meat Institute argued that there is no scientific evidence to support excluding from the AMS purchase programs U.S. Suspect animals that pass Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspection, and that as a result, FPPS Section 240 should address non-ambulatory and U.S. Suspect cattle, hogs and sheep in the same manner FSIS regulates these animals. The Meat Institute, therefore, recommended changing the specifications in Section 240 to read: “In all species, carcasses that are inspected and passed by FSIS are eligible for AMS purchase programs.” AMS updated the FPPS to include that language.

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