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FSIS Publishes Proposed Rule on Notification, Documentation and Recordkeeping Requirements

Monday, March 29, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has published in the Federal Register a proposed rule, Notification, Documentation, and Recordkeeping Requirements for Inspected Establishments (the proposal), to implement certain provisions of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill). 

The proposal consists of three elements: a notification requirement; a written recall procedures requirement; and process control plan assessment and recordkeeping requirement. 

The proposal would require establishments to promptly notify the appropriate District Office (DO) that an adulterated or misbranded product received by or originating from the establishment has entered commerce, if the establishment believes or has reason to believe that this has happened.  The plant also must inform the DO about the type, amount, origin, and destination of the adulterated or misbranded product. 

The proposal would also require written procedures to specify how a plant decides whether to conduct a recall and how the plant will effect a recall.  In addition, the procedures must be available for official review and copying. 

Finally, the rule would require that a plant create a record of each reassessment performed, whether it is the annual reassessment or is done for any other reason.  In addition, a plant would have to document the reason(s) for any changes or lack of changes made to a HACCP plan.

Foreign countries that export meat and poultry products to the United States would have to establish requirements equivalent to those in the final rule.

To submit comments on this proposed rule, go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions at that site for submitting comments. Mail, including CD–ROMs, and hand- or courier-delivered items should be sent to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), FSIS, Room 2–2127 George Washington Carver Center, 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Beltsville, MD 20705. All items submitted by mail or via regulations.gov must include the agency name and docket number FSIS–2008–0025.

Comments must be received by May 24, 2010.

To view this Federal Register notice, click here: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-6629.pdf

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