Food Safety and Inspection Service – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Privacy Act of 1974; New System of Records
Document Number: 2022-05746
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposes a new Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) system of records entitled: USDA/FSIS-0005, AssuranceNet (ANet). ANet is a Web-based system that collects information to support FSIS' mission through detecting vulnerabilities in food safety systems, processes, and functions so that the potential for harm can be promptly identified, reduced, and eliminated. The information stored in ANet is gathered from various electronic and paper-based sources, and is used to track, measure, and monitor activities and performance. The System also alerts FSIS' management officials to the performance of critical public health and food defense functions; assists in discerning trends; identifies and focuses on areas of high-risk; and helps to determine strategies to combat threats to food safety and food defense. Within ANet, FSIS maintains contact and other identifying information about Federal employees, State employees, contractors of USDA, government officials, and representatives who work at or are associated with the work at meat and poultry establishments and egg products plants.
Privacy Act Exemption for AssuranceNet
Document Number: 2022-05745
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2022-03-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing to exempt certain records maintained by its AssuranceNet (ANet) system of records from the notification and access provisions of Privacy Act of 1974 (Privacy Act). FSIS is proposing these exemptions because the information in the SORN is directly associated with investigations conducted by FSIS for law enforcement purposes. A notice of system of records for USDA/FSIS-0005, AssuranceNet (ANet) is also published in this issue of the Federal Register.
Condemnation of Poultry Carcasses Affected With Any Form of Avian Leukosis Complex; Rescission
Document Number: 2022-05294
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2022-03-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing to amend the poultry products inspection regulations to rescind several regulations related to the inspection and condemnation of poultry carcasses affected with any of the forms of avian leukosis complex.
Retail Exemptions Adjusted Dollar Limitations
Document Number: 2022-05341
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the dollar limitations on the amount of meat and meat products and poultry and poultry products that a retail store can sell to hotels, restaurants, and similar institutions without disqualifying itself for exemption from Federal inspection requirements.
Notice of Request To Renew an Approved Information Collection: Importation and Transportation of Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products
Document Number: 2022-05039
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) FSIS is announcing its intention to revise the approved information collection regarding the importation and transportation of meat, poultry, and egg products. The approval for this information collection will expire on July 31, 2022. FSIS is reducing the total burden estimate by 349 hours due to updated information.
Notice of Request for a New Information Collection: Poultry Finished Product Standards
Document Number: 2022-04121
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to request a new information collection for poultry Finished Product Standards (FPS). This is a new information collection because the existing forms for FPS are in use without approval. There is an estimated annual burden of 68,899 hours.
Notice of Request To Revise an Approved Information Collection: Import of Undenatured Inedible Product and Samples for Laboratory Examination, Research, Evaluative Testing, or Trade Show Exhibition
Document Number: 2022-04028
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to revise the approved information collection regarding the importation of undenatured inedible product, and samples of imported product for laboratory examination, research, evaluative testing, or trade show exhibition. The approval for this information collection will expire on July 31, 2022. FSIS is reducing the total burden estimate by 14,441 hours because the number of applications for importing meat, poultry or egg products samples destined for laboratory examination, research, evaluative testing, or trade show exhibition has decreased.
Notice of Request To Renew an Approved Information Collection: Registration Requirements
Document Number: 2022-04026
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to renew the approved information collection regarding business registration requirements. The approval for this information collection will expire on July 31, 2022. FSIS is not making any changes to the approved collection.
National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods: Committee and Charter Reestablishment
Document Number: 2022-02139
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this notice is announcing the intention of the USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reestablish the committee for the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) and its charter. The purpose of NACMCF is to provide impartial, scientific advice and peer reviews to Federal food safety agencies for use in the development of an integrated national food safety systems approach that assures the safety of domestic, imported, and exported foods.
Notice of Request for a New Information Collection: Analyzing Consumers' Value of “Product of USA” Labeling Claims
Document Number: 2022-02042
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to collect information using a web-based survey/experiment to help gauge consumer awareness and understanding of current ``Product of USA'' labeling claims on meat (beef and pork) products and consumer willingness to pay (WTP) for meat products labeled as ``Product of USA'' using the current and potentially revised definitions of the claim. FSIS also intends to collect information on consumer understanding of other ``USDA'' labeling on meat products, such as the ``USDA Choice'' label and the USDA mark of inspection. This is a new information collection with an estimated annual burden of 1,815.1 hours.
2022 Rate Changes for the Basetime, Overtime, Holiday, Laboratory Services, and Export Application Fees
Document Number: C1-2021-28300
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-01-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
2022 Rate Changes for the Basetime, Overtime, Holiday, Laboratory Services, and Export Application Fees
Document Number: 2021-28300
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
Eligibility of Lithuania to Export Egg Products to the United States
Document Number: 2021-28119
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing that it intends to list Lithuania as a country eligible to export egg products to the United States. FSIS has reviewed Lithuania's laws, regulations, and documents concerning their egg products inspection system, audited the system as implemented, and determined that Lithuania's egg products inspection system is equivalent to the system that the United States has established under the Egg Products Inspection Act (EPIA) and its implementing regulations. Should FSIS make a final determination to list Lithuania as eligible to ship egg products to the United States, only egg products produced in certified Lithuanian establishments would be eligible for export to the United States. All such products would continue to be subject to re-inspection at U.S. points-of-entry by FSIS inspectors. FSIS is requesting comment before it makes a final determination concerning Lithuania's equivalence for egg products. FSIS will announce its final determination in a subsequent Federal Register notice.
National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection; Nominations for Membership
Document Number: 2021-27434
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting nominations for membership for the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI). The full Committee consists of 20 members, and each person selected is expected to serve a 2-year term. The USDA is announcing Committee vacancies to minority businesses and organizations, consumer groups, businesses, media, local and state governments, and academia to attract and appoint diverse candidates. The USDA expects to appoint new Committee members for the entire committee in 2022.
FSIS Guidelines for Small and Very Small Meat and Poultry Establishments Regarding Cooking and Stabilization in Meat and Poultry Products (Previously Referred to as Appendices A and B)
Document Number: 2021-26993
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the availability of two updated guidelines for meat and poultry establishments concerning the destruction of Salmonella and other pathogens during cooking of ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products (lethality) and the control of the growth of spore-forming Clostridial pathogens in heat-treated RTE and not-ready-to-eat (NRTE) meat and poultry products during cooling and hot-holding (stabilization). The updated guidelines reflect changes made in response to comments received on the 2017 versions of these guidelines.
Notice of Request To Revise an Approved Information Collection: Laboratories
Document Number: 2021-24674
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to revise the approved information collection regarding laboratories. The approval for this information collection will expire on March 31, 2022. FSIS is reducing the burden hours for this collection by 12 hours because FSIS discontinued the Pasteurized Egg Product Recognized Laboratory Form, PEROL-F-0008.05.
Notice of Request To Revise an Approved Information Collection: Records To Be Kept by Official Establishments and Retail Stores That Grind Raw Beef Products
Document Number: 2021-24673
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to revise the approved information collection regarding records to be kept by official establishments and retail stores that grind raw beef products. The approval for this information collection will expire on March 31, 2022. FSIS is reducing the burden hours for this collection by 1,658,651 hours after consulting with several establishments and retail stores because they typically use half of the time initially estimated for the collection of records.
Egg Products Inspection Regulations; Correction
Document Number: 2021-23703
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-11-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is correcting its regulations requiring official plants that process egg products (herein also referred to as ``egg products plants'' or ``plants'') to develop and implement Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Systems and Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (Sanitation SOPs) and to meet other sanitation requirements consistent with FSIS' meat and poultry regulations.
National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods
Document Number: 2021-22829
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
This notice is announcing a public meeting of the full Committee and Subcommittees from November 17, 2021 to November 19, 2021. The Committee will discuss the following two new charges: Enhancing Salmonella Control in Poultry Products and Cyclospora cayetanensis Contamination.
Eligibility of the Republic of Poland To Export Poultry and Poultry Products to the United States
Document Number: 2021-21889
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing that the Republic of Poland (Poland) is eligible to export poultry products to the United States. FSIS has reviewed Poland's poultry laws, regulations, and inspection system, as implemented, and has determined that they are equivalent to the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA), the regulations implementing this statute, and the United States food safety inspection system for poultry products. Therefore, poultry products derived from poultry slaughtered and processed in certified Polish establishments are now eligible for export to the United States. All such products will be subject to reinspection at United States points-of-entry by FSIS inspectors. Applicable: Poland's poultry products eligible for import to the United States will be added to the FSIS Import Library (https:// www.fsis.usda.gov/importlibrary) on October 7, 2021.
Availability of Kit Product Labeling Guideline
Document Number: 2021-20403
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In July 2019, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published and requested comment on a guideline for establishments producing multi-component kit products that contain inspected and assembled meat or poultry components. FSIS is announcing updates to this guideline and responding to comments received on the guideline. FSIS intends for this guideline to help establishments and other food handling facilities producing a multi-component food kit determine whether the kit product needs to be prepared under FSIS inspection and how to label a kit product that contains fully labeled meat or poultry components. The guideline represents current FSIS thinking, and FSIS will update it as necessary to reflect comments received and any additional information that becomes available.
Mandatory Inspection of Egg Substitutes and Freeze-Dried Egg Products Imported Into the United States
Document Number: 2021-19264
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
On October 29, 2020, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published the final rule, ``Egg Products Inspection Regulations,'' which, among other things, announced that FSIS would begin exercising jurisdiction over plants that produce egg substitutes and freeze-dried egg products on October 30, 2023. This notice provides information to foreign countries that already export these products to the United States, as well as countries interested in exporting these products to the United States, about submitting their equivalence documentation to FSIS so that the Agency can begin assessing their eligibility before October 30, 2023.
Labeling of Meat or Poultry Products Comprised of or Containing Cultured Animal Cells
Document Number: 2021-19057
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is publishing this advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) to request comments pertaining to the labeling of meat and poultry products comprised of or containing cultured cells derived from animals subject to the Federal Meat Inspection Act or the Poultry Products Inspection Act. Issues raised in the comments submitted in response to this ANPR will inform future rulemaking to establish labeling requirements for these products. This ANPR also discusses how FSIS will generally evaluate labels for these products if they are submitted before the Agency completes rulemaking.
National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection
Document Number: 2021-18523
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
Pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the Department of Agriculture and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing a virtual meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI). The purpose of the Committee is to provide advice to the Secretary of Agriculture concerning State and Federal programs with respect to meat, poultry and processed egg products inspection, food safety, and other matters that fall within the scope of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA), and the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA). The committee will convene virtually on September 27 and 28, 2021, in a public meeting where FSIS will present two sets of charges to the Committee: (1) To consider how FSIS should clarify the Agency's positions on the custom and retail exemptions to ensure that meat, poultry, and egg products produced under the exemptions are safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged and (2) to consider actions FSIS should take to prevent and reduce illnesses associated with the handling or consumption of frozen, raw, stuffed not ready-to- eat (NRTE) poultry products, which may be breaded and par-fried and may appear ready-to-eat (RTE) to consumers.
Notice of Request To Renew an Approved Information Collection: Petitions for Rulemaking
Document Number: 2021-18210
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to renew the approved information collection regarding petitions for rulemaking. The approval for this information collection will expire on December 31, 2021. FSIS is making no changes to the approved information collection.
Inspection of Yak and Other Bovidae, Cervidae, and Camelidae Species; Correction
Document Number: 2021-16059
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-07-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
This document corrects the Regulation Identifier Number that appeared in a final rule published in the Federal Register on July 15, 2021, regarding the inspection of yak and other bovidae, cervidae, and camelidae species.
Establishing a Uniform Time Period Requirement and Clarifying Related Procedures for the Filing of Appeals of Agency Inspection Decisions or Actions; Correction
Document Number: 2021-16058
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-07-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
This document corrects the Regulation Identifier Number that appeared in a proposed rule published in the Federal Register on July 15, 2021, regarding establishing a uniform time period requirement and clarifying related procedures for the filing of appeals of agency inspection decisions or actions.
Certified Products for Dogs, Cats, and Other Carnivora; Inspection, Certification, and Identification as to Class, Quality, Quantity, and Condition
Document Number: 2021-15438
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-07-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing to end the program under which FSIS inspectors provide fee-for-service certification that certain foods for dogs, cats and other carnivora (pet food) are produced under sanitary conditions and meet compositional and labeling requirements. The certified pet food regulations are outdated, and no firms are currently paying for FSIS certification services for pet food. Further, the fact that both USDA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspect pet food has led to industry and consumer confusion, and both agencies agree that stakeholders will benefit from the simplification of Federal jurisdiction over pet food.
Response to the Office of Inspector General's Recommendations on the Rulemaking Process for the Proposed Rule Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection
Document Number: 2021-15291
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is responding to two recommendations from the USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG) regarding the Agency's rulemaking process for the proposed rule entitled Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection, that included the proposal to establish the New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (NSIS).
Availability of Two Revised Guidelines for Minimizing the Risk of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia Coli (STEC) in Beef Slaughter and Processing Operations
Document Number: 2021-15274
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing that it has updated two of its guidelines for minimizing the risk of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) in beef slaughter (including veal) and processing operations. Additionally, FSIS is responding to comments on the guidelines.
Inspection of Yak and Other Bovidae, Cervidae, and Camelidae Species
Document Number: 2021-15062
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-07-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is amending its regulations to define yak and include it among ``exotic animals'' eligible for voluntary inspection under 9 CFR part 352. This change is in response to a petition for rulemaking from a yak industry association, which FSIS granted in 2015. Additionally, FSIS is revising the definitions of antelope, bison, buffalo, catalo, deer, elk, reindeer, and water buffalo to make them more scientifically accurate. Moreover, FSIS is responding to comments on whether all farmed-raised species in the biological families Bovidae, Cervidae, and Camelidae, if not already subject to mandatory inspection, should be eligible for voluntary inspection, and whether any species in these families should be added to the list of amenable species requiring mandatory inspection.
Notice of Request for a New Information Collection: Overtime and Holiday Inspection Fees for Small and Very Small Establishments
Document Number: 2021-15012
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to request a new information collection to reduce overtime and holiday inspection fees for small and very small meat, poultry, and egg products establishments. This is a new information collection with an estimated annual burden of 724 hours. FSIS is reducing holiday and overtime fees under the American Rescue Plan Act, enacted on March 11, 2021. Through this legislation, Congress provided FSIS with $100 million in budget authority to reduce the costs of overtime inspection for small and very small official meat and poultry establishments and egg products plants.
Overtime and Holiday Inspection Fee Reductions for Small and Very Small Establishments
Document Number: 2021-15011
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In the American Rescue Plan Act, enacted on March 11, 2021, Congress provided the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) with $100 million in budget authority to reduce the costs of overtime inspection for small and very small official meat and poultry establishments and egg products plants. FSIS will implement this provision by reducing overtime and holiday inspection fees for small establishments by 30 percent and very small establishments by 75 percent. FSIS has developed an Overtime/Holiday Rate Reduction form that official establishments will need to submit to request an overtime or holiday inspection fee reduction. FSIS will review the form to determine whether an establishment qualifies for the fee reduction. This notice contains information on how to complete and submit the form to FSIS and describes the procedures FSIS will follow to implement the American Rescue Plan Act's overtime and holiday inspection fee reduction provisions.
Establishing a Uniform Time Period Requirement and Clarifying Related Procedures for the Filing of Appeals of Agency Inspection Decisions or Actions
Document Number: 2021-14947
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-07-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing to amend its regulations to establish a uniform time period requirement for the filing of appeals of certain Agency inspection decisions or actions.
Availability of Revised Compliance Guidelines for Controlling Salmonella and Campylobacter in Raw Poultry
Document Number: 2021-14554
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the availability of revised guidelines to assist poultry establishments in controlling Salmonella and Campylobacter in raw poultry. The Agency has revised the content of the guidelines in light of new scientific and technical information, public comments received on the 2015 guideline, and the Agency's decision to issue two separate guidelines one on controlling Salmonella and the other on controlling Campylobacter. The guidelines provide ``best practice'' recommendations that poultry establishments may follow to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter contamination of raw products.
Notice of Request for Revision of an Approved Information Collection: Foodborne Illness Outbreak Investigation Survey for FSIS Public Health Partners
Document Number: 2021-14415
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to revise the approved information collection regarding partner collaboration in response to illness outbreaks associated with FSIS-regulated food products. The Agency has increased the burden estimate by 48 hours due to an increase in the number of respondents and a longer estimated response time. The purpose of this information collection continues to inform FSIS partner outreach efforts to effectively investigate and prevent foodborne illnesses. The approval for this information collection will expire on February 28, 2022.
Elimination of the Requirement To Defibrinate Livestock Blood Saved as an Edible Product
Document Number: 2021-13160
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-06-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is removing from the Federal meat inspection regulations a requirement for the defibrination of livestock blood saved as an edible product. Defibrination is the process for removing the protein fibrin, which causes blood to clot. Removal of the defibrination requirement will not affect food safety, but it will allow the industry to meet a demand for non-defibrinated blood products.
Retail Exemptions Adjusted Dollar Limitations
Document Number: 2021-10129
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the dollar limitations on the amount of meat and meat food products and poultry and poultry products that a retail store can sell to hotels, restaurants, and similar institutions without disqualifying itself for exemption from Federal inspection requirements.
Notice of Request for Renewal of an Approved Information Collection (Voluntary Recalls of Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products)
Document Number: 2021-07523
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to renew the approved information collection regarding voluntary recalls from commerce of meat, poultry, and egg products. There are no changes to the existing burden estimates for this information collection. The approval for this information collection will expire on September 30, 2021.
Notice of Request for Revision of an Approved Information Collection (Public Health Information System)
Document Number: 2021-07522
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to revise the approved information collection regarding its Public Health Information System (PHIS). The Agency has increased the burden estimate by 433 hours due to the addition of the FSIS Form 9060-5EP, Egg Products Export Certificate of Wholesomeness. FSIS is currently issuing FSIS Form 9060-5 (meat and poultry) and 9060-5S (Siluriformes) export certificates for 38 countries and territories through the PHIS export component (i.e., providing an electronic export certificate application for exporters and the FSIS Form 9060-5/5S printed on security paper). At this time, FSIS is seeking OMB approval to collect information for the existing paper FSIS Form 9060-5EP. FSIS will request additional approval for the electronic collection of information when egg products are added into the PHIS export component. FSIS will announce its plans to add egg products to the PHIS export component through a subsequent notice to the public, likely through the Agency's Constituent Update. The approval for this information collection will expire on August 31, 2022.
Notice of Request To Revise an Approved Information Collection (Requirements To Notify FSIS of Adulterated or Misbranded Product, Prepare and Maintain Written Recall Procedures, and Document Certain HACCP Plan Reassessments)
Document Number: 2021-07519
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to revise the approved information collection regarding requirements for official establishments to notify FSIS of adulterated or misbranded product, prepare and maintain written recall procedures, and document certain HACCP plan reassessments. The approval for this information collection will expire on September 30, 2021. FSIS has decreased the burden estimate for this collection by 37,515 hours due to more recent, updated information. The public may comment on either the entire information collection or on one of its three parts.
Notice of Request for Renewal of an Approved Information Collection (Animal Disposition Reporting)
Document Number: 2021-07518
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to renew the approved information collection for animal disposition reporting in the Public Health Information System. There are no changes to the existing information collection. The approval for this information collection will expire on September 30, 2021.
National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods
Document Number: 2021-06993
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
This notice is announcing that the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) will hold a public meeting of the full Committee on April 22, 2021. The Committee will discuss and vote on adopting the following two reports: Microbiological testing by industry of ready-to-eat foods under FDA's jurisdiction for pathogens (or appropriate indicator organisms): Verification of prevention controls and The Use of Water in Animal Production, Slaughter and Processing.
Notice of Request for Revision of an Approved Information Collection (Consumer Complaint Monitoring System)
Document Number: 2021-05734
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to revise the approved information collection regarding its Consumer Complaint Monitoring System (CCMS) web portal. The Agency has increased the burden estimate by 575 hours due to increased use of the Agency's updated, more user-friendly web portal that supports more direct communication. The approval for this information collection will expire on September 30, 2021.
Regulation of the Movement of Animals Modified or Developed by Genetic Engineering
Document Number: 2021-04716
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-03-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Food Safety and Inspection Service
We are reopening the comment period for our advance notice of proposed rulemaking on establishing regulations for the movement of certain animals modified or developed by genetic engineering. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.
Internet Access at Official Establishments and Plants
Document Number: 2021-03609
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-03-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing to amend its regulations to require official meat and poultry establishments and egg products plants and businesses receiving voluntary inspection services from FSIS that have an internet connection to provide FSIS access to it for the purposes of conducting and recording inspection verification activities. FSIS views internet service as a necessary utility, like lighting, heating, and laundry services, that should be provided by establishments as a regulatory condition of receiving inspection. Under this proposal, FSIS would not require establishments without internet access to purchase it or to upgrade the internet services they have, if inadequate for FSIS use.
Notice of Request for Renewal of an Approved Information Collection (Mechanically Tenderized Beef Products)
Document Number: 2021-02810
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to renew an approved information collection regarding the labeling requirements for mechanically tenderized beef products. There are no changes to the existing information collection. The approval for this information collection will expire on July 31, 2021.
Availability of FSIS Guideline for Industry Response to Customer Complaints
Document Number: 2020-28112
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the availability of an updated version of the guideline for industry on how to respond to customer complaints of meat and poultry products contaminated with foreign materials. FSIS originally published the guideline in March 2019. Additionally, FSIS is responding to comments received on the March 2019 guideline.
Availability of FSIS Guideline To Assist With the Donation of Eligible Meat & Poultry Products to Non-Profit Organizations
Document Number: 2020-28082
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the availability of and requesting comment on a guideline for meat and poultry establishments interested in donating products to non-profit organizations. FSIS has received several questions from meat and poultry establishments and non-profit organizations on this subject and has decided to address the major concerns associated with donation in this guideline. FSIS encourages establishments to donate meat and poultry products to non-profit organizations, when possible, to reduce food loss and waste.
Notice of Request for Renewal of an Approved Information Collection (Common or Usual Name for Raw Meat and Poultry Products Containing Added Solutions)
Document Number: 2020-28061
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to request renewal of the approved information collection regarding labeling requirements for raw meat and poultry products that do not meet the standard of identity regulations and to which solutions have been added. There are no changes to the existing information collection. The approval for this information collection will expire on June 30, 2021.