The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing regulations to implement a new voluntary cooperative program. The proposal would allow state-inspected establishments with 25 or fewer employees to ship meat and poultry products in interstate commerce.

In participating states, state-inspected establishments selected to take part in this program will be required to comply with all federal standards under the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) and the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA), as well as with all state standards.

Meat and poultry products, which pass the rigors of the acts, will bear an official federal mark of inspection and can be distributed in interstate commerce.

FSIS will provide oversight and enforcement of the program.