Availability of FSIS Guideline for Determining Whether a Livestock Slaughter or Processing Firm Is Exempt From the Inspection Requirements of the Federal Meat Inspection Act, 24275-24276 [2018-11299]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 102 / Friday, May 25, 2018 / Notices Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must include the Agency name and docket number FSIS– 2018–0006. Comments received in response to this docket will be made available for public inspection and posted without change, including any personal information, to http:// www.regulations.gov. Docket: For access to background documents or comments received, call (202) 720–5627 to schedule a time to visit the FSIS Docket Room at 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 6065, Washington, DC 20250–3700. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Roberta Wagner, Assistant Administrator, Office of Policy and Program Development; Telephone: (202) 205–0495. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Total Burden Hours: 25,577. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–11214 Filed 5–24–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2018–0006] Availability of FSIS Guideline for Determining Whether a Livestock Slaughter or Processing Firm Is Exempt From the Inspection Requirements of the Federal Meat Inspection Act Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comment. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 AGENCY: Background SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the availability of and requesting comments on a guideline for businesses that slaughter livestock or process meat and meat food products on the exemptions to the inspection requirements of the Federal Meat Inspection Act. The guideline explains each of the exemptions, when they apply, and which FSIS regulatory requirements must still be met. DATES: Submit Comments on or before July 24, 2018. ADDRESSES: A downloadable version of the guideline is available to view and print at https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/ portal/fsis/topics/regulatorycompliance/compliance-guides-index once copies of the guideline have been published. FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this guideline. Comments may be submitted by one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: This website provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on this web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions at that site for submitting comments. • Mail, including CD–ROMs, etc.: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Mailstop 3758, Room 6065, Washington, DC 20250–3700. • Hand- or courier-delivered submittals: Deliver to 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 6065, Washington, DC 20250–3700. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 May 24, 2018 Jkt 241001 FSIS is the public health regulatory agency responsible for ensuring that meat, poultry, and egg products are safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged. For meat or meat food products, FSIS requires continuous inspection in the case of slaughter and at least daily inspection for processing, unless an exemption applies. The exemptions are located in the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) (21 U.S.C. 623 and 661) and in FSIS’s regulations (9 CFR 303.1). This guideline describes each of the exemptions, to whom they apply, and which FSIS regulatory requirements must still be met. It also provides updated information on emerging business models and trends in procurement, and sales, and distribution. Generally, livestock slaughtered or processed by the owner or that which is custom slaughtered for use by the owner and his or her family or non-paying guests are exempt from FSIS’s inspection requirements. Also exempt from inspection are businesses that meet FSIS’s definitions of retail stores, restaurants, restaurant central kitchens, or caterers. Businesses operating under an exemption are not exempt from the adulteration and misbranding requirements of the FMIA and may be subject to State or local regulatory requirements. FSIS regulations requiring recordkeeping, access to places of business, and the opportunity for examination of facilities, inventory, and records still apply. FSIS encourages interested parties (e.g., those to whom an exemption may apply) to follow this guideline. This guideline represents current FSIS thinking, and FSIS will update it as PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24275 necessary to reflect comments received and any additional information that becomes available. FSIS is seeking comments on this guideline as part of its efforts to continuously assess and improve the effectiveness of policy documents. Additional Public Notification Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy development is important. Consequently, FSIS will announce this Federal Register publication on-line through the FSIS web page located at: http:// www.fsis.usda.gov/federal-register. FSIS also will make copies of this publication available through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide information regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal Register notices, FSIS public meetings, and other types of information that could affect or would be of interest to our constituents and stakeholders. The Update is available on the FSIS web page. Through the web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much broader, more diverse audience. In addition, FSIS offers an email subscription service which provides automatic and customized access to selected food safety news and information. This service is available at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/subscribe. Options range from recalls to export information, regulations, directives, and notices. Customers can add or delete subscriptions themselves, and have the option to password protect their accounts. USDA Non-Discrimination Statement No agency, officer, or employee of the USDA shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/ parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, or political beliefs, exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject to discrimination any person in the United States under any program or activity conducted by the USDA. 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[FR Doc. 2018–11299 Filed 5–24–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Agenda and Notice of Public Meeting of the New Jersey Advisory Committee Commission on Civil Rights. Announcement of briefing meeting. AGENCY: amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 ACTION: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission), and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), that a mini-briefing meeting of the New Jersey Advisory Committee to the Commission will convene at 11:00 a.m. (EDT) on Friday, June 29, 2018 in the Moot Court Room at Rutgers University Law School, 123 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102. The purpose of the mini-briefing is to discuss the five project concepts that advisory committee members are considering as a possible topic for their civil rights project with subject matter experts. 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Persons interested in the issue are also invited to submit written comments; the comments must be received in the regional office by Monday, July 30, 2018. Written comments may be mailed to the Eastern Regional Office, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 1150, Washington, DC 20425, faxed to (202) 376–7548, or emailed to Evelyn Bohor at ero@ usccr.gov. Persons who desire additional information may contact the Eastern Regional Office at (202) 376– 7533. Records and documents discussed during the meeting will be available for public viewing as they become available at https://facadatabase.gov/committee/ meetings.aspx?cid=240 and clicking on the ‘‘Meeting Details’’ and ‘‘Documents’’ links. Records generated from this meeting may also be inspected and reproduced at the Eastern Regional Office, as they become available, both before and after the meeting. Persons interested in the work of this advisory committee are advised to go to the Commission’s website, www.usccr.gov, or to contact the Eastern Regional Office at the above phone number, email or street address. Tentative Agenda Friday, June 29, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. I. Welcome and Introductions II. Mini-Briefing Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3 Topic 4 Topic 5 III. Other Business IV. Adjourn Dated: May 21, 2018. David Mussatt, Supervisory Chief, Regional Programs Unit. [FR Doc. 2018–11189 Filed 5–24–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Notice of Public Meeting of the Tennessee Advisory Committee U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act that the Tennessee Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on Monday, June 18, PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2018 to work on post-report planning for the Civil Asset Forfeiture report and discuss potential future work on legal financial obligations and civil rights issues. DATES: The meeting will be held on Monday June 18, 2018 12:30 p.m. EST. Public Call Information: The meeting will be by teleconference. Toll-free callin number: 888–466–4520, conference ID: 1630102. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Hinton, DFO, at jhinton@usccr.gov or 404–562–7006. SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Members of the public can listen to the discussion. This meeting is available to the public through the following toll-free call-in number: 888–466–4520, conference ID: 1630102. Any interested member of the public may call this number and listen to the meeting. Callers can expect to incur charges for calls they initiate over wireless lines, and the Commission will not refund any incurred charges. Callers will incur no charge for calls they initiate over land-line connections to the toll-free telephone number. Persons with hearing impairments may also follow the proceedings by first calling the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–977– 8339 and providing the Service with the conference call number and conference ID number. Members of the public are also entitled to submit written comments; the comments must be received in the regional office by June 15, 2018. Written comments may be mailed to the Southern Regional Office, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 61 Forsyth Street, Suite 16T126, Atlanta, GA 30303. They may also be faxed to the Commission at (404) 562–7005, or emailed to Regional Director, Jeffrey Hinton at jhinton@usccr.gov. 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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 102 (Friday, May 25, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 24275-24276]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-11299]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2018-0006]


Availability of FSIS Guideline for Determining Whether a 
Livestock Slaughter or Processing Firm Is Exempt From the Inspection 
Requirements of the Federal Meat Inspection Act

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing 
the availability of and requesting comments on a guideline for 
businesses that slaughter livestock or process meat and meat food 
products on the exemptions to the inspection requirements of the 
Federal Meat Inspection Act. The guideline explains each of the 
exemptions, when they apply, and which FSIS regulatory requirements 
must still be met.

DATES: Submit Comments on or before July 24, 2018.

ADDRESSES: A downloadable version of the guideline is available to view 
and print at https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulatory-compliance/compliance-guides-index once copies of the 
guideline have been published.
    FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this 
guideline. Comments may be submitted by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: This website provides the 
ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on this 
web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions at that site for 
submitting comments.
     Mail, including CD-ROMs, etc.: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW, Mailstop 3758, Room 6065, Washington, DC 20250-
3700.
     Hand- or courier-delivered submittals: Deliver to 1400 
Independence Avenue SW, Room 6065, Washington, DC 20250-3700.
    Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must 
include the Agency name and docket number FSIS-2018-0006. Comments 
received in response to this docket will be made available for public 
inspection and posted without change, including any personal 
information, to http://www.regulations.gov.
    Docket: For access to background documents or comments received, 
call (202) 720-5627 to schedule a time to visit the FSIS Docket Room at 
1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 6065, Washington, DC 20250-3700.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Roberta Wagner, Assistant 
Administrator, Office of Policy and Program Development; Telephone: 
(202) 205-0495.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    FSIS is the public health regulatory agency responsible for 
ensuring that meat, poultry, and egg products are safe, wholesome, and 
correctly labeled and packaged. For meat or meat food products, FSIS 
requires continuous inspection in the case of slaughter and at least 
daily inspection for processing, unless an exemption applies. The 
exemptions are located in the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) (21 
U.S.C. 623 and 661) and in FSIS's regulations (9 CFR 303.1).
    This guideline describes each of the exemptions, to whom they 
apply, and which FSIS regulatory requirements must still be met. It 
also provides updated information on emerging business models and 
trends in procurement, and sales, and distribution. Generally, 
livestock slaughtered or processed by the owner or that which is custom 
slaughtered for use by the owner and his or her family or non-paying 
guests are exempt from FSIS's inspection requirements. Also exempt from 
inspection are businesses that meet FSIS's definitions of retail 
stores, restaurants, restaurant central kitchens, or caterers.
    Businesses operating under an exemption are not exempt from the 
adulteration and misbranding requirements of the FMIA and may be 
subject to State or local regulatory requirements. FSIS regulations 
requiring recordkeeping, access to places of business, and the 
opportunity for examination of facilities, inventory, and records still 
apply.
    FSIS encourages interested parties (e.g., those to whom an 
exemption may apply) to follow this guideline. This guideline 
represents current FSIS thinking, and FSIS will update it as necessary 
to reflect comments received and any additional information that 
becomes available. FSIS is seeking comments on this guideline as part 
of its efforts to continuously assess and improve the effectiveness of 
policy documents.

Additional Public Notification

    Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy 
development is important. Consequently, FSIS will announce this Federal 
Register publication on-line through the FSIS web page located at: 
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/federal-register.
    FSIS also will make copies of this publication available through 
the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide information 
regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal Register 
notices, FSIS public meetings, and other types of information that 
could affect or would be of interest to our constituents and 
stakeholders. The Update is available on the FSIS web page. Through the 
web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much broader, more 
diverse audience. In addition, FSIS offers an email subscription 
service which provides automatic and customized access to selected food 
safety news and information. This service is available at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/subscribe. Options range from recalls to export 
information, regulations, directives, and notices. Customers can add or 
delete subscriptions themselves, and have the option to password 
protect their accounts.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

    No agency, officer, or employee of the USDA shall, on the grounds 
of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual 
orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, 
income derived from a public assistance program, or political beliefs, 
exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject to 
discrimination any person in the United States under any program or 
activity conducted by the USDA.

How To File a Complaint of Discrimination

    To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program 
Discrimination Complaint Form, which may be accessed online at http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Complain_combined_6_8_12.pdf, or write a letter signed by you or your 
authorized representative.
    Send your completed complaint form or letter to USDA by mail, fax, 
or email:

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    Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of 
Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410.
    Fax: (202) 690-7442.
    Email: [email protected].
    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for 
communication (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), should contact 
USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    Done, at Washington, DC.
Paul Kiecker,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2018-11299 Filed 5-24-18; 8:45 am]
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