FSIS Proposes to Loosen “U.S. Inspected and Passed” Livestock Requirement
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has proposed an amendment to a rule requiring that livestock carcasses be “marked with the official inspection legend at the time of inspection in a slaughter establishment” if the carcasses will be processed further at the same location. According to FSIS, the rule was established when slaughterhouses would ship carcasses to different locations for further processing; under “contemporary practices,” “a slaughter establishment typically moves [a carcass], under control, to another department in the same establishment for further processing.” As a result, “marking the carcass on the slaughter floor is often unnecessary,” FSIS asserts. Comments on the proposed rule will be accepted until October 1, 2018.