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FSIS Issues Revised Directive on Ante-Mortem and Post-Mortem Poultry Inspection

Friday, May 1, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued Directive 6100.3, Revision 1, which instructs Public Health Veterinarians (PHVs) and off-line and on-line inspection program personnel on how to perform ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection of poultry and of the conditions under which the birds are processed.

The revision clarifies that the FSIS on-line inspector does not have to sign the FSIS Form 6000-16, the Lot Tally Sheet.  Her or his name can be written in or be applied by computer stamp.

This directive also describes the ante-mortem inspection procedures for poultry; addresses the verification activities related to good commercial practices; sets out the post-mortem inspection procedures; provides supplemental information regarding diseases and conditions; explains how inspection program personnel inspect airsacculitis salvage operations; sets out how PHVs verify evisceration line speed process control and provides the documentation procedures for findings made during post-mortem poultry inspection.

To view this revised directive, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISDirectives/6100.3Rev1.pdf

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