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FSIS Issues Directive on DVMS Work Methods

Thursday, 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.pdf

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