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AMI, Others File for Extension of Poultry Chilling Requirements Compliance Date

Friday, August 17, 2001

An FSIS deadline for compliance with poultry chilling requirements does not allow companies enough time to comply with final rule set to go into effect on January 9, 2002, according to a petition filed with the agency by AMI, the National Chicken Council and the National Turkey Federation.
The trade organizations filed a petition with FSIS to extend the effective date for enactment of a final regulation titled "Retained Water in Raw Meat and Poultry Products: Poultry Chilling Requirements" to August 1, 2004.
Compliance can occur only after establishments complete four consecutive and separate tasks that can pose a variety of obstacles not able to be overcome in the time period currently required, the petition states.
A company must develop a protocol to determine the amount of absorbed moisture that is an unavailable consequence of food safety requirements. Yet until a protocol is accepted by FSIS, the company is prevented from collecting the needed data. Once the agency issues a “no objection” letter, an establishment can begin determining the unavoidable amount of absorbed moisture. A company must then determine the amount of moisture retained by the product at the time of packaging. Finally, the establishment must work with suppliers to purchase new packages declaring the required information.
View the petition at: http://www.meatinstitute.org/Template.cfm?Section=Labeling&NavMenuID=135&template=TaggedContentFile.cfm&NewsID=430

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