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FSIS Seeks Comments on Draft Compliance Guidelines for Video Monitoring in Plants

Thursday, October 14, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is seeking comments on new draft compliance guidelines that address the use of video or other electronic monitoring or recording equipment in federally inspected establishments.

The draft document provides guidance to industry regarding the use of video or recording equipment for monitoring operations and facilities for various purposes, including monitoring product inventory, conducting surveillance of establishment premises in a voluntary food defense plan, using a systematic approach to ensure that livestock are handled humanely and ensuring that poultry good commercial practices are followed. Video or other electronic monitoring or recording equipment may also be used to meet FSIS regulatory recordkeeping requirements.

Comments will be accepted for 60 days and may be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov/. Comments may also be sent by mail to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), FSIS, Room 2-2127, George Washington Carver Center, 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Mailstop 5474, Beltsville, MD 20705-5474. All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must include the Agency name and docket number FSIS-2010-0016.

To view this draft guidance, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/Compliance_Guidelines_for_Use_of_Video_101410.pdf.

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