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FSIS Issues Directive on Review Methodology of State Meat and Poultry Inspection Programs

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued Directive 5720.3, Comprehensive Review Methodology of State Meat and Poultry Inspection Programs.

The directive provides Federal State Audit Branch personnel in the Office of Program Evaluation Enforcement and Review and other staff involved in performing comprehensive reviews of State Cooperative Meat or Poultry Inspection (MPI) programs with the methodology and guiding principles for use in these reviews.

The purpose of these reviews is to determine whether a State has developed and is maintaining a meat or poultry inspection program that imposes requirements “at least equal to” those imposed by FSIS under specified provisions of the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act or the Poultry Products Inspection Act.

The reviews also determine whether State Cooperative MPI programs are adhering to Federal civil rights laws and applicable USDA civil rights regulations, and whether they conform to the Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments.

 To view this notice, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISDirectives/5720-3.pdf

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