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FSIS Proposes Interstate Commerce Shipping Regulations for Small Plant Operations

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has published proposed regulations regarding a new voluntary cooperative program under which certain state inspected establishments with 25 or fewer employees will be eligible to ship meat and poultry products in interstate commerce.

Under the proposal, which was published in today‚Äôs Federal Register, selected establishments will receive inspection services from federally trained and/or supervised state inspection personnel, who will verify that those establishments meet all federal food safety requirements.  Meat and poultry products produced under the voluntary cooperative program will bear an official United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) mark of inspection, thereby enabling interstate shipment of the products.

State-inspected establishments that are not selected for the voluntary cooperative program, including state-inspected establishments with more than 25 employees, are only eligible to sell and ship their products within their state.

Comments on the proposed regulations must be received on or before Monday, November 16, 2009, through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov, or by mail to FSIS Docket Room, USDA, FSIS, OPPD, Docket Clearance Unit, 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Stop 5272, Beltsville, MD 20705.

All comments must identify FSIS and the docket number FSIS-2008-0039. Comments will be available for viewing online at www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations_&_policies/2009_Interim_&_Final_Rules_Index/index.asp.

To view this notice, click here: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-21952.pdf

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