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.
petition at: http://www.meatinstitute.org/Template.cfm?Section=Labeling&NavMenuID=135&template=TaggedContentFile.cfm&NewsID=430
AMI, Others File for Extension of Poultry Chilling Requirements Compliance DateFriday, August 17, 2001