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FSIS Issues Notice on Slaughter, Humane Handling

Thursday, January 19, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a notice providing instructions to Public Health Veterinarians (PHVs), inspection program personnel (IPP) and District Veterinary Medical Specialists (DVMSs) regarding humane handling and slaughter. The notice directs official livestock establishments to determine whether their written systematic approach for humane handling meets the notice's criteria for being a robust plan. The notice also indicates the expected frequency for PHV and DVMS verification reviews of an existing robust systematic approach to humane handling and slaughter.

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