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FNS Publishes Rule Regarding Processing of Donated Foods

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published a final rule revising and clarifying requirements for the processing of donated foods. The final rule incorporates successful processing options tested in demonstration projects into the regulations; ensures accountability for donated foods provided for processing; increases program efficiency and integrity; and supports vendor and state operability. The rule requires multi-state processors to enter into National Processing Agreements to process donated foods into end products; permits processors to substitute commercially purchased beef and pork of U.S. origin and of equal or better quality for donated beef and pork; and streamlines and modernizes oversight of inventories of donated foods at processors. The rule also revises regulatory provisions to make them easier to read and understand. The final rule becomes effective July 2, 2018.

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