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FSIS Issues Proposed Rule to Permit Air Inflation

Thursday, May 27, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing to revise the federal meat inspection regulations to permit establishments that slaughter livestock or prepare livestock carcasses and parts to inflate carcasses and parts with air if they develop, implement and maintain written controls to ensure that the procedure does not cause insanitary conditions or adulterate the product.

Establishments that incorporate these controls would be required to incorporate them into their Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans or sanitation standard operating procedures (SSOPs) or other prerequisite programs.

In addition, FSIS is proposing to amend its regulations to remove the approved methods for inflating livestock carcasses and parts by air and to remove the requirement that establishments submit requests to FSIS for approval of air inflation procedures not listed in the regulations.

To submit comments on the proposed rule, go to http://www.regulations.gov/ or submit them by mail to Docket Clerk, USDA, FSIS, Room 2-2175, George Washington Carver Center, 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Mailstop 5272, Beltsville, MD 20705.

Comments must be received before June 23, 2010.

To view the Federal Notice on this proposed rule, click here: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-12337.htm

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