The U.S. Department of Agriculture will hold teleconferences Oct. 27 and Nov. 5 regarding changes to meat and poultry shipment policies from state-inspected plants.

The proposed regulation impacts meat and poultry producers from the 27 states that operate their own inspection services. The change would allow companies with 25 or fewer employees to ship their meat and poultry across state lines without federal inspection.

The teleconferences will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. EDT (Nov. 5 conference EST) on the above dates and require pre-registration to participate. Information about the meetings, including how to register and the agenda will be made available for viewing on the FSIS Web site.

Comments on this voluntary cooperative program may also be submitted on or before Nov. 16, 2009, using either the Federal eRulemaking Portal or by mail. All comments must identify FSIS and the docket number FSIS-2008-0027. Comments will be available for viewing online .