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Meat Institute Submits Comments Regarding Proposed Elimination of Livestock Carcass Marking Requirements

Monday, October 8, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Meat Institute submitted comments to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in support of the agency’s proposal to remove the requirement for establishments to mark carcasses as “U.S. Inspected and Passed” if they are fabricated in the same establishment. Under the proposal, establishments would be required to implement procedures to control unmarked carcasses as part of a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) System. The Meat Institute’s comments contend the requirement is redundant given existing regulations governing carcass marking and is inconsistent with HACCP principles. Specifically, the Meat Institute states, “Establishments have various ways to control carcasses prior to and after inspection, but the agency [FSIS] should not require those controls to be included in the HACCP system.”

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