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AMI Petitions FSIS to Amend Rules of Practice

Friday, December 15, 2000

AMI and two other trade associations today filed a petition to amend FSIS' Uniform Rules of Practice. The Rules of Practice specify how HACCP and other Federal Meat Inspection Act and Poultry Products Inspection Act regulations should be enforced. AMI’s petition asserts that the procedural rules issued by FSIS in November 1999 allow the agency to take enforcement actions beyond the statutory authority granted by the meat and poultry inspection acts.

For example, the rules allow FSIS to impose suspensions and withholding actions in several instances not authorized by the law, as was seen earlier this year when a federal court prevented FSIS from suspending inspection at a Texas plant for an alleged failure to meet the Salmonella performance standard.

The petition seeks to amend the rules to comply with the law's limits and to ensure that federally inspected plants are afforded the due process protections guaranteed under the federal statutes and the Constitution.

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