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GIPSA Publishes Proposed Rule on Scale Tests

Monday, August 31, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

The Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) has published a proposed rule, Required Scale Tests, in the Federal Register.  The proposal  would require that "stockyard owners, market agencies, dealers, packers, or live poultry dealers that weigh livestock, live poultry, or feed, have their scales tested at least twice per calendar year at intervals of approximately six months."  In addition, the proposal would add "swine contractors" to the list of regulated entities subject to this section of the regulations.

This proposal would make the timeframe for scale testing more definitive by requiring scale owners to complete the first test between January 1 and June 30 of a calendar year, with the second test completed between July 1 and December 31 of that same calendar year.  There would be a minimum 120 day interval between the two tests.  In addition, more frequent testing would be required when scales do not "maintain accuracy between checks."

GIPSA is accepting comments on the proposal through October 23, 2009.  Comments may be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov/.

 The proposal is located at: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-20337.pdf.


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