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USDA Announces Proposed Rule to Eliminate Redundant Hog Carcass Cleaning Regulation

Monday, May 21, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing to amend the federal meat inspection regulations to remove a redundant requirement mandating hog slaughter establishments to clean hog carcasses before incising. According to FSIS, this regulation is no longer necessary because other regulations require the sanitary handling and preparation of hog carcasses, organs and parts. Establishments also are required to address hazards in their Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans, Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures or prerequisite programs making the regulation redundant. Under this proposal, FSIS inspectors will continue to verify that establishments’ HACCP plans are effective in controlling, reducing or eliminating hazards at all control points in the production process. Public comments on the proposed rule will be accepted through July 16, 2018.

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