FSIS Issues Directive on DVMS Work MethodsThursday, April 16, 2009
(American Meat Institute)
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued Directive, 6910.1, District Veterinary Medical Specialist (DVMS) – Work Methods. The directive provides instruction to DVMS regarding the work method to be used when verifying humane handling at livestock establishments or verifying that poultry is being handled in a manner consistent with good commercial practices.
According to the directive, a DVMS should routinely conduct a humane handling verification visit or a good commercial practice correlation at each federally inspected establishment approximately every 12-18 months. Additional visits may be scheduled for various reasons.
The directive provides instruction regarding the following: humane handling verification visits; assessing an establishment’s humane handling practices for amendable species; good commercial practice correlation visits; enforcement; correlating with Inspection Program Personnel and with supervisors; and data analysis.
The directive is available in its entirety on the FSIS Web site at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISdirectives/6910-1.pdfshare on facebook share on twitter