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FSIS Proposes Amending Official Inspection Legend Requirements for Livestock Carcasses in Certain Circumstances

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing to amend the federal meat inspection regulations to eliminate the requirement that livestock carcasses be marked with the official inspection legend at the time of inspection in a slaughter establishment, if the carcasses are to be further processed in the same establishment. Under the proposed rule, FSIS inspection personnel would be required to continue to verify that the establishment has in place in its Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point plan, Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures or other prerequisite programs, controls to ensure that unmarked carcasses are further processed in the establishment and that carcasses that are not further processed in the establishment do not leave the establishment unmarked. Comments will be accepted 60 days after the proposed rule publishes in the Federal Register.

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