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FSIS Issues Directive on Verifying Requirements for Pre-Stamping of Imported Meat and Poultry

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued Directive 9500.4, Pre-Stamping Imported Product, which provides instruction to import inspection personnel regarding how they are to verify that the requirements for the pre-stamping of imported meat and poultry products are met and the associated procedures are followed.

 Upon approval of the pre-stamping procedure, import inspection personnel are to:

1. Verify that the establishment is performing in accordance with the approved pre-stamping procedure;

2. Verify that the official inspection legend is legible and does not interfere with other container markings; and

3. Verify that the import establishment documents are completed on a daily basis in the pre-stamping log

Import inspection personnel are to reject lots and notify establishment management orally regarding the suspension of pre-stamping activity when the establishment fails to comply with the provisions of the approved pre-stamping procedure.

 To view this directive, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISDirectives/9500.4.pdf

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