FSIS: Directive on state poultry inspection
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a new Directive, which lays out the methodology and guiding principles by which federal state auditors and other staff review the State Cooperative Meat or Poultry Inspection programmes.
It is reported that reviews are conducted to determine whether a state has developed and is maintaining a meat or poultry inspection programme that imposes requirements "at least equal to" those imposed by FSIS under the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act or the Poultry Products Inspection Act.
The reviews also are designed to determine whether State Cooperative Meat or Poultry Inspection programmes are in compliance with federal civil rights laws and USDA civil rights regulations, and whether they conform to the Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments.
The new Directive (Directive 5720.3)
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