The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced it is seeking comments on proposed measures to enhance food safety. The proposed rule would implement a provision of the 2008 Farm Bill and would require that regulated establishments:

  • Promptly notify FSIS if any unsafe, unwholesome or misbranded meat or poultry product has entered commerce.
  • Prepare and maintain current procedures for the recall of meat and poultry products produced and shipped by the establishment.
  • Document each reassessment of the establishment's process control plans or Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans. 

Comments regarding the adopted regulations must be received on or before May 24, 2010, through the Federal eRulemaking Portal or by mail to: Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Room 2-2127, George Washington Carver Center, 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Mailstop 5474, Beltsville, MD 20705-5474. All submissions received through the Federal eRulemaking Portal or by mail must reference the Food Safety and Inspection Service and include the docket number "FSIS-2008-0025."

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For further information, contact Philip Derfler, assistant administrator for the Office of Policy and Program Development.