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Meat Institute Seeks Member Input Regarding FNS Proposed Rule on Donated Foods

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

The Meat Institute is soliciting member input on the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) proposed rule to revise and clarify requirements for the processing of donated foods. The proposed rule would incorporate successful processing options tested in demonstration projects, ensure accountability for donated foods provided for processing and increase program efficiency, according to FNS. The proposed rule also would require multi-state processors to enter into National Processing Agreements to process donated foods into end products, permit processors to substitute commercially purchased beef and pork of U.S. origin and of equal or better quality for donated beef and pork and increase oversight of inventories of donated foods at processors. In addition, the proposed rule would revise regulatory provisions to make them easier to read and understand. Members should send comments and questions regarding the proposed rule by COB Monday, March 27, to Vice President of Regulatory and Scientific Programs Susan Backus at sbackus@meatinstitute.org.

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