[Federal Register: December 31, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 251)]

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Part II











Department of Agriculture











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Food Safety and Inspection Service







Agricultural Marketing Service







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7 CFR Part 59







9 CFR Ch. III







Agency Responsibilities, Organization, and Terminology; Final Rule





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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE



Food Safety and Inspection Service

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Docket No. 97-045F]



7 CFR Part 59



9 CFR Chapter III



 

Agency Responsibilities, Organization, and Terminology



AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.



ACTION: Final rule with an opportunity to comment.



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SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is amending its 

regulations to describe, in part 300, the Agency's responsibilities and 

current organization. This rule also redesignates regulations adopted 

under the Egg Products Inspection Act and transfers them to part 590 of 

FSIS's regulations. FSIS is providing an opportunity for members of the 

public to submit comments on the clarity and technical accuracy of the 

resultant regulations.



DATES: December 31, 1998. Submit comments by February 1, 1999.



ADDRESSES: Submit one original and two copies of written comments to 

FSIS Docket Clerk, Docket No. 97-045F, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 

Food Safety and Inspection Service, Room 102, Cotton Annex, 300 12th 

Street, SW, Washington, DC 20250-3700. All comments submitted will be 

available for public inspection in the Docket Clerk's office between 

8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.



FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Judith Neibrief, Regulations 

Development and Analysis Division, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 

Washington, DC 20250-3700; (202) 720-3886.



SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is responsible for 

carrying out various functions of the Department of Agriculture. Chief 

among these are the administration of the Federal Meat Inspection Act 

(FMIA) (21 U.S.C. 601, et seq.), the Poultry Products Inspection Act 

(PPIA) (21 U.S.C. 451, et seq.), and the Egg Products Inspection Act 

(EPIA) (21 U.S.C. 1031, et seq.). Each of these statutes includes 

government inspection as part of a regulatory system to protect the 

health and welfare of consumers by preventing the distribution of 

livestock products, poultry products, and egg products that are 

unwholesome, otherwise adulterated, or misbranded.

    The Agency's primary objective in this rulemaking is to amend 

chapter III of title 9 of the Code of Federal Regulations (9 CFR 

chapter III) so that it contains, in part 300, FSIS's current 

organizational structure. With the concurrence of the Agricultural 

Marketing Service (AMS), this rule also redesignates the EPIA 

regulations in part 59 of title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 

CFR part 59) and transfers them to part 590 of 9 CFR chapter III. 

Several years ago, the Secretary of Agriculture delegated to the 

Administrator of FSIS all functions in the EPIA other than the shell 

egg surveillance program, voluntary laboratory analyses of egg 

products, and the voluntary grading program (7 CFR 2.53(a)(2)(iii)), 

which continue to be delegated to the Administrator of AMS (7 CFR 

2.79(a)(8)(xxxiv)). In recognition of the current allocation of 

responsibilities within USDA, AMS recently issued a rule that 

duplicated, redesignated, and amended the EPIA regulations to include 

pertinent portions in 7 CFR part 57, for AMS, and in part 59, for FSIS 

(63 FR 69968, December 17, 1998). Except for several changes that 

reflect FSIS's assumption of responsibility for administering various 

provisions of the EPIA (see amendments to redesignated Secs. 590.1 and 

590.5), this rule does not amend provisions of the EPIA regulations.

    Because the Agency's regulations address more than just the 

inspection provisions of the FMIA and the PPIA and, as a result of this 

rule, also include the EPIA regulations, FSIS is removing the phrase 

``MEAT AND POULTRY INSPECTION'' from the heading of chapter III of 9 

CFR. FSIS also is consolidating current subchapters A, B, and C of 9 

CFR chapter III into one subchapter, subchapter A, and modifying the 

heading of current subchapter A to indicate its new scope: Agency 

organization and terminology, mandatory meat and poultry products 

inspection, and voluntary inspection and certification. To accommodate 

the EPIA regulations, FSIS is adding subchapter I--``Egg Products 

Inspection Act''.



Part 300 and Redesignated Secs. 590.1 and 590.5



    Part 300--``Agency Mission and Organization''--consists of a 

description of the part (Sec. 300.1), a statement about FSIS's 

responsibilities (Sec. 300.2), FSIS's organizational structure and 

terminology (Sec. 300.3), and access provisions (Sec. 300.6).

    Paragraph (a) of Sec. 300.2 references the Department's delegation 

of authority regulations (7 CFR 2.7, 2.18, and 2.53) for FSIS's 

responsibilities, replacing an obsolete reference in Sec. 381.3(a) for 

the PPIA. In exercising its delegated functions, FSIS administers 

regulations that implement provisions of the statutes listed in 

paragraph (b) of Sec. 300.2.

    Section 300.3 includes a description of the Agency's headquarters 

and field structure. As reorganized, the Agency's field structure 

consists of 18 district offices <SUP>1</SUP> and a technical service 

center <SUP>2</SUP> (Sec. 300.3(c)). Each district office, under the 

direction of a District Manager, manages a farm-to-table food safety 

program of regulatory oversight and inspection in a district consisting 

of a State or several States and territories (as specified in paragraph 

(c)(1)). These offices administer domestic and import inspection 

activities. They replaced regional offices (which included inspection 

and compliance area offices) and import field offices (as specified in 

the appendix to this rule).

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    \1\ The locations of the district offices are as follows: 

Alameda, CA (620 Central Avenue, Building 2C, Alameda, CA 94501); 

Albany, NY (230 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12203); 

Atlanta, GA (100 Alabama Street, SW, Building 1924, Suite 3R90, 

Atlanta, GA 30303); Boston, MA (411 Waverley Oaks Road, Building 3, 

Suite 331, Waltham, MA 02452); Boulder, CO (665 South Broadway, 

Suite B, Boulder, CO 80303); Chicago, IL (1919 South Highland 

Avenue, Suite 115C, Lombard, IL 60148); Dallas, TX (1100 Commerce 

Street, Room 5F41, Dallas, TX 75242); Des Moines, IA (11338 Aurora 

Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50322); Beltsville, MD (5601 Sunnyside 

Avenue, Suite 1-2288B, Beltsville, MD 20705); Jackson, MS (715 South 

Pear Orchard Road, Suite 101, Ridgeland, MS 39157); Lawrence, KS 

(4920 West 15th Street, Lawrence, KS 66049); Madison, WI (2810 

Crossroads Drive, Suite 3500, Madison, WI 53718); Minneapolis, MN 

(Butler Square West, Suite 989-C, 100 North 6th Street, Minneapolis, 

MN 55403); Philadelphia, PA (701 Market Street, 2-B South, 

Philadelphia, PA 19106); Pickerington, OH (155 East Columbus Street, 

Pickerington, OH 43147); Raleigh, NC (6020 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, 

NC 27609); Salem, OR (530 Center Street, NE, Mezzanine, Salem, OR 

97301); Springdale, AR (Country Club Center, Building B, Suite 201, 

4700 South Thompson, Springdale, AR 72764). FSIS expects to close 

the Boston office in 1999.

    \2\ The address of the FSIS Technical Service Center is 1299 

Farnam Street, Suite 300 Landmark Center, Omaha, NE 68102.

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    The Technical Service Center provides technical guidance, review, 

and training on regulatory requirements (as specified in paragraph 

(c)(2)). These activities previously were conducted at regional and 

headquarters offices.

    Section 300.6 consolidates various access provisions of the FMIA 

and the PPIA. Paragraph (a) covers access by representatives of the 

Secretary. Paragraph (a)(1) replaces the last sentences of Secs. 306.3 

and 381.33 and provides for access to places of business



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regulated under the FMIA or the PPIA. Paragraph (a)(2) references part 

590 for access to plants that process egg products and to other places 

of business subject to regulation under the EPIA.

    Paragraph (b) of Sec. 300.6 is limited to places of business 

regulated under the FMIA or the PPIA. (For access under the EPIA, see 

also redesignated Secs. 590.132, 590.200, and 590.660.) Paragraph 

(b)(1) addresses access to establishments that prepare livestock 

products or process poultry products, replacing the first sentence of 

Sec. 306.2 and Sec. 381.32 and provisions of Sec. 306.3 and 

Sec. 381.33. Paragraph (b)(2) addresses access and examinations 

pursuant to section 202 of the FMIA or section 11(b) of the PPIA (21 

U.S.C. 460(b) and 642). It replaces the first sentences of Secs. 320.4 

and 381.178 (Access to and inspection of records, facilities and 

inventory; copying and sampling). (For the convenience of the reader, 

FSIS is referencing Sec. 300.6 in Secs. 306.2, 320.4, 381.32, and 

381.178.)



Final Rule With Opportunity for Comment



    FSIS has determined that the notice and comment and delayed 

effective date requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (5 

U.S.C. 553(b) and (d)) do not apply to this rule. The amendments made 

by this rule reflect the Agency's current responsibilities, and the 

organization through which it carries out those responsibilities, and 

technical and minor changes in the organization of the Agency's 

regulations and terminology used in those regulations. Therefore, FSIS, 

has, for good cause, found that notice and public procedure thereon are 

unnecessary, and it is issuing these amendments as a final rule, 

effective upon publication.

    Nevertheless, the Agency recognizes that attaining its objective 

has necessitated a large number of amendments. Therefore, FSIS is 

providing members of the public with an opportunity to provide comments 

on the clarity and the technical accuracy of the amended regulations. 

The Agency requests that those with comments submit them during the 30 

days that follow publication of the rule.



Executive Order 12866



    The changes in this rule are organizational and technical. Their 

adoption does not affect the costs to regulated establishments or to 

FSIS, except to the extent that improving the Agency's organization, 

providing the public with current information on how the Agency 

operates, and updating, consolidating, and clarifying Agency 

terminology should increase FSIS's efficiency and improve the delivery 

of inspection services to members of the regulated industries. FSIS has 

determined that this rule is not a significant regulatory action under 

the criteria set forth in Executive Order 12866.



Compliance With Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1996



    The Administrator has determined that, for purposes of the 

Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601), this final rule will not 

have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 

entities.



Executive Order 12988



    This rule has been reviewed under Executive Order 12988, Civil 

Justice Reform. In this rule: (1) all State and local laws and 

regulations that are inconsistent with this rule will be preempted; (2) 

no retroactive effect will be given to this rule; and (3) no 

administrative proceedings will be required before parties may file 

suit in court challenging this rule.



List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 59



    Eggs and egg products, Exports, Food grades and standards, Food 

labeling, Imports, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.



List of Subjects in 9 CFR Chapter III



Part 300



    Meat and meat products, Poultry and poultry products.



Part 590



    Eggs and egg products, Exports, Food labeling, Imports, Reporting 

and recordkeeping requirements.



    For the reasons set forth above, the Food Safety and Inspection 

Service, with the concurrence of the Agricultural Marketing Service, is 

redesignating and transferring part 59 of 7 CFR chapter I, and it is 

amending 9 CFR chapter III as follows:



7 CFR CHAPTER I



9 CFR CHAPTER III



    1. Part 59 of 7 CFR chapter I is redesignated as part 590 of 9 CFR 

and transferred to 9 CFR chapter III, as set out in the following 

table:



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               7 CFR Part 59                       9 CFR Part 590

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                               Definitions

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Sec.  59.1................................  Sec.  590.1

Sec.  59.5................................  Sec.  590.5

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                             Administration

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Sec.  59.10...............................  Sec.  590.10

Sec.  59.13...............................  Sec.  590.13

Sec.  59.17...............................  Sec.  590.17

Sec.  59.18...............................  Sec.  590.18

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                          Scope of Inspection

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Sec.  59.20...............................  Sec.  590.20

Sec.  59.22...............................  Sec.  590.22

Sec.  59.24...............................  Sec.  590.24

Sec.  59.26...............................  Sec.  590.26

Sec.  59.28...............................  Sec.  590.28

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                      Relation to Other Authorities

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Sec.  59.30...............................  Sec.  590.30

Sec.  59.35...............................  Sec.  590.35

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            Eggs and Egg Products Not Intended for Human Food

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Sec.  59.40...............................  Sec.  590.40

Sec.  59.45...............................  Sec.  590.45

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                       Refrigeration of Shell Eggs

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Sec.  59.50...............................  Sec.  590.50

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                               Exemptions

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Sec.  59.100..............................  Sec.  590.100

Sec.  59.105..............................  Sec.  590.105

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                         Performance of Service

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Sec.  59.110..............................  Sec.  590.100

Sec.  59.112..............................  Sec.  590.112

Sec.  59.114..............................  Sec.  590.114

Sec.  59.116..............................  Sec.  590.116

Sec.  59.118..............................  Sec.  590.118

Sec.  59.119..............................  Sec.  590.119

Sec.  59.120..............................  Sec.  590.120

Sec.  59.122..............................  Sec.  590.122

Sec.  59.124..............................  Sec.  590.124

Sec.  59.126..............................  Sec.  590.126

Sec.  59.128..............................  Sec.  590.128

Sec.  59.130..............................  Sec.  590.130

Sec.  59.132..............................  Sec.  590.132

Sec.  59.134..............................  Sec.  590.134

Sec.  59.136..............................  Sec.  590.136

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                        Application for Service

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Sec.  59.140..............................  Sec.  590.140

Sec.  59.142..............................  Sec.  590.142

Sec.  59.144..............................  Sec.  590.144

Sec.  59.146..............................  Sec.  590.146

Sec.  59.148..............................  Sec.  590.148

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                         Inauguration of Service

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Sec.  59.150..............................  Sec.  590.150

Sec.  59.155..............................  Sec.  590.155

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                            Denial of Service

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Sec.  59.160..............................  Sec.  590.160

Sec.  59.161..............................  Sec.  590.161

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 Records and Related Requirements for Eggs and Egg Products Handlers and

                           Related Industries

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Sec.  59.200..............................  Sec.  590.200

Sec.  59.220..............................  Sec.  590.220

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                        Administrative Detention

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Sec.  59.240..............................  Sec.  590.240

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                   Appeal of an Inspection or Decision

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Sec.  59.300..............................  Sec.  590.300

Sec.  59.310..............................  Sec.  590.310

Sec.  59.320..............................  Sec.  590.320

Sec.  59.330..............................  Sec.  590.330

Sec.  59.340..............................  Sec.  590.340

Sec.  59.350..............................  Sec.  590.350

Sec.  59.360..............................  Sec.  590.360

Sec.  59.370..............................  Sec.  590.370

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                              Certificates

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Sec.  59.400..............................  Sec.  590.400

Sec.  59.402..............................  Sec.  590.402

Sec.  59.404..............................  Sec.  590.404

Sec.  59.406..............................  Sec.  590.406

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                     Identifying and Marking Product

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Sec.  59.410..............................  Sec.  590.410

Sec.  59.411..............................  Sec.  590.411

Sec.  59.412..............................  Sec.  590.412

Sec.  59.414..............................  Sec.  590.414

Sec.  59.415..............................  Sec.  590.415

Sec.  59.417..............................  Sec.  590.417

Sec.  59.418..............................  Sec.  590.418

Sec.  59.419..............................  Sec.  590.419

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          Inspection, Reinspection, Condemnation, and Retention

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Sec.  59.420..............................  Sec.  590.420

Sec.  59.422..............................  Sec.  590.422

Sec.  59.424..............................  Sec.  590.424

Sec.  59.426..............................  Sec.  590.426

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          Entry of Materials Into Official Egg Products Plants

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Sec.  59.430..............................  Sec.  590.430

Sec.  59.435..............................  Sec.  590.435

Sec.  59.440..............................  Sec.  590.440

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             Sanitary, Processing, and Facility Requirements

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Sec.  59.500..............................  Sec.  590.500

Sec.  59.502..............................  Sec.  590.502

Sec.  59.504..............................  Sec.  590.504

Sec.  59.506..............................  Sec.  590.506

Sec.  59.508..............................  Sec.  590.508

Sec.  59.510..............................  Sec.  590.510

Sec.  59.515..............................  Sec.  590.515

Sec.  59.516..............................  Sec.  590.516

Sec.  59.520..............................  Sec.  590.520

Sec.  59.522..............................  Sec.  590.522

Sec.  59.530..............................  Sec.  590.530

Sec.  59.532..............................  Sec.  590.532

Sec.  59.534..............................  Sec.  590.534

Sec.  59.536..............................  Sec.  590.536

Sec.  59.538..............................  Sec.  590.538

Sec.  59.539..............................  Sec.  590.539

Sec.  59.540..............................  Sec.  590.540

Sec.  59.542..............................  Sec.  590.542

Sec.  59.544..............................  Sec.  590.544

Sec.  59.546..............................  Sec.  590.546

Sec.  59.547..............................  Sec.  590.547

Sec.  59.548..............................  Sec.  590.548

Sec.  59.549..............................  Sec.  590.549

Sec.  59.550..............................  Sec.  590.550

Sec.  59.552..............................  Sec.  590.552

Sec.  59.560..............................  Sec.  590.560

Sec.  59.570..............................  Sec.  590.570

Sec.  59.575..............................  Sec.  590.575

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                               Laboratory

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Sec.  59.580..............................  Sec.  590.580

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                      Exempted Egg Products Plants

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Sec.  59.600..............................  Sec.  590.600

Sec.  59.610..............................  Sec.  590.610

Sec.  59.620..............................  Sec.  590.620

Sec.  59.630..............................  Sec.  590.630

Sec.  59.640..............................  Sec.  590.640

Sec.  59.650..............................  Sec.  590.650

Sec.  59.660..............................  Sec.  590.660

Sec.  59.670..............................  Sec.  590.670

Sec.  59.680..............................  Sec.  590.680

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    Identification of Restricted Eggs or Egg Products Not Intended for

                           Human Consumption

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Sec.  59.800..............................  Sec.  590.800

Sec.  59.840..............................  Sec.  590.840

Sec.  59.860..............................  Sec.  590.860

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                                 Imports

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Sec.  59.900..............................  Sec.  590.900

Sec.  59.905..............................  Sec.  590.905

Sec.  59.910..............................  Sec.  590.910

Sec.  59.915..............................  Sec.  590.915

Sec.  59.920..............................  Sec.  590.920

Sec.  59.925..............................  Sec.  590.925

Sec.  59.930..............................  Sec.  590.930

Sec.  59.935..............................  Sec.  590.935

Sec.  59.940..............................  Sec.  590.940

Sec.  59.945..............................  Sec.  590.945

Sec.  59.950..............................  Sec.  590.950

Sec.  59.955..............................  Sec.  590.955

Sec.  59.956..............................  Sec.  590.956

Sec.  59.960..............................  Sec.  590.960

Sec.  59.965..............................  Sec.  590.965

Sec.  59.970..............................  Sec.  590.970

Authority: 21 U.S.C. 1031-1056............  Authority: 21 U.S.C. 1031-

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    2. In redesignated part 590, each internal reference to a section 

of part 59 is revised as set out in the preceding redesignation table.

    3. The heading of 9 CFR chapter III is amended by removing ``MEAT 

AND POULTRY INSPECTION,''.

    4. Parts 350 through 381 are transferred to subchapter A; the 

headings of subchapters B and C are removed and reserved; and the 

heading of subchapter A is revised to read as follows:



SUBCHAPTER A--AGENCY ORGANIZATION AND TERMINOLOGY; MANDATORY MEAT AND 

POULTRY PRODUCTS INSPECTION AND VOLUNTARY INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION



    5. Redesignated part 590 is designated as subchapter I, and a 

heading for subchapter I is added to read as follows:



SUBCHAPTER I--EGG PRODUCTS INSPECTION ACT



    6. In subchapter A, part 300 is added to read as follows:



PART 300--AGENCY MISSION AND ORGANIZATION



Sec.

300.1 Purpose.

300.2 FSIS responsibilities.

300.3 FSIS organization.

300.6 Access to establishments and other places of business.



    Authority: 21 U.S.C. 451-470, 601-695, 1031-1056; 7 U.S.C. 138-

138i, 450, 1621-1627, 1901-1906; 7 CFR 2.7, 2.18, 2.53.





Sec. 300.1  Purpose.



    This part describes the duties and organization of the Food Safety 

and Inspection Service (FSIS), an agency of the United States 

Department of Agriculture (USDA).





Sec. 300.2  FSIS responsibilities.



    (a) [Reserved]

    (b) Implementing regulations. This chapter of title 9 of the Code 

of Federal Regulations (9 CFR chapter III) includes, in addition to 

administrative rules, rules and regulations that implement provisions 

of the following statutes:

    (1) The Federal Meat Inspection Act, as amended (FMIA) (21 U.S.C. 

601 et seq.), except provisions pertaining to the inspection and 

certification of the condition of animals for export, and related 

legislation;

    (2) The Poultry Products Inspection Act, as amended (PPIA) (21 

U.S.C. 451 et seq.);

    (3) The Egg Products Inspection Act, as amended (EPIA) (21 U.S.C. 

1031 et seq.), except for the shell egg surveillance program, voluntary 

laboratory analyses of egg products, and the voluntary grading program;

    (4) The Humane Slaughter Act (7 U.S.C. 1901-1906);

    (5) The Talmadge-Aiken Act (7 U.S.C. 450), with respect to 

cooperation with States in the administration of the Federal Meat 

Inspection Act and the Poultry Products Inspection Act;

    (6) The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended (7 U.S.C. 

1621-1627), relating to voluntary inspection of poultry and edible 

products thereof; voluntary inspection and certification of technical 

animal fat; certified products



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for dogs, cats, and other carnivora; voluntary inspection of rabbits 

and edible products thereof; and voluntary inspection and certification 

of edible meat and other products; and

    (7) The National Laboratory Accreditation Program (7 U.S.C. 138-

138i) with respect to laboratories accredited only for pesticide 

residue analysis in meat and poultry products.





Sec. 300.3  FSIS organization.



    (a) General. The organization of FSIS reflects the agency's primary 

regulatory responsibilities: implementation of the FMIA, the PPIA, and 

the EPIA.

    (b) Headquarters. FSIS has four principal components or offices, 

each of which is under the direction of a Deputy Administrator. The 

Deputy Administrators, along with their staffs, and the Administrator, 

along with the Office of the Administrator and three staff offices that 

report to the Administrator, are located at U.S. Department of 

Agriculture headquarters in Washington, DC.

    (1) Program offices. FSIS's headquarters offices are the Office of 

Public Health and Science, which provides scientific analysis, advice, 

data, and recommendations on matters involving public health and 

science; the Office of Management, which provides centralized 

administrative and support services; the Office of Policy, Program 

Development and Evaluation, which develops and recommends domestic and 

international policy activities; and the Office of Field Operations, 

which manages regulatory oversight and inspection (see paragraph (c) of 

this section).

    (2) Staff offices. The Administrator's staff offices are the Food 

Safety Executive Management and Coordination Staff, the Legislative 

Liaison Staff, and the Food Safety Education and Communications Staff.

    (c) Field. FSIS's field structure consists of eighteen district 

offices and a technical center.

    (1) District offices. Each district office, under the direction of 

a District Manager, manages a farm-to-table food safety program of 

regulatory oversight and inspection in a district consisting of a State 

or several States and territories.

    The locations of the district offices and the districts' geographic 

boundaries are as follows:



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Alameda, CA.......................  California.

Salem, OR.........................  Alaska, American Samoa, Guam,

                                     Hawaii, Idaho, Northern Mariana

                                     Islands, Oregon, and Washington.

Boulder, CO.......................  Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New

                                     Mexico, Utah.

Minneapolis, MN...................  Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota,

                                     South Dakota, and Wyoming.

Des Moines, IA....................  Iowa and Nebraska.

Lawrence, KS......................  Kansas and Missouri.

Springdale, AR....................  Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.

Dallas, TX........................  Texas.

Madison, WI.......................  Michigan and Wisconsin.

Chicago, IL.......................  Illinois and Indiana.

Pickerington, OH..................  Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Philadelphia, PA..................  Pennsylvania.

Albany, NY........................  New Jersey and New York.

Boston, MA........................  Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts,

                                     New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, Rhode

                                     Island, Vermont, and Virgin

                                     Islands.

Greenbelt, MD.....................  Delaware, District of Columbia,

                                     Maryland, and Virginia.

Raleigh, NC.......................  North Carolina and South Carolina.

Atlanta, GA.......................  Florida and Georgia.

Jackson, MS.......................  Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

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    (2) Technical Service Center. The Technical Service Center, which 

is located in Omaha, Nebraska, provides technical guidance, review, and 

training on the interpretation and application of regulatory 

requirements.





Sec. 300.6  Access to establishments and other places of business.



    (a) General. Upon presentation of credentials--

    (1) Persons subject to provisions of the FMIA or the PPIA must 

afford representatives of the Secretary access to establishments that 

slaughter or otherwise prepare livestock products or process poultry 

products and to other places of business subject to regulation 

thereunder; and

    (2) Persons subject to provisions of the EPIA must afford 

representatives of the Secretary access as specified in part 590 of 

this chapter.

    (b) [Reserved]



    Done at Washington, DC, on December 22, 1998.

Thomas J. Billy,

Administrator, Food Safety and Inspection Service.



    Concurrence in the transfer of 7 CFR part 59 on December 22, 1998.

Enrique E. Figueroa,

Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.



Appendix--Field Structure



    Note: This appendix will not appear in the Code of Federal 

Regulations.



    Under FSIS's current field structure, eighteen district offices 

have replaced regional offices and import field offices, as specified 

below.



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              Region                              District

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                            DOMESTIC PRODUCTS

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Northeastern:

    Connecticut, Maine,             Boston, MA

     Massachusetts, New Hampshire,

     Rhode Island, and Vermont.

    Delaware, District of           Greenbelt, MD

     Columbia, Maryland, and

     Virginia (except for

     Northwestern part).



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    New Jersey and New York.......  Albany, NY

    Pennsylvania..................  Philadelphia, PA

Southeastern

    Alabama, Mississippi, and       Jackson, MS

     Tennessee.

    Florida and Georgia...........  Atlanta, GA

    Kentucky and West Virginia....  Pickerington, OH

    North Carolina and South        Raleigh, NC

     Carolina.

    Virginia (Northwestern).......  Greenbelt, MD

    Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands  Boston, MA

North Central:

    Illinois and Indiana..........  Chicago, IL

    Iowa..........................  Des Moines, IA

    Michigan and Wisconsin........  Madison, WI

    Minnesota.....................  Minneapolis, MN

    Ohio..........................  Pickerington, OH

Southwestern:

    Arkansas, Louisiana, and        Springdale, AR

     Oklahoma.

    Kansas and Missouri...........  Lawrence, KS

    Nebraska......................  Des Moines, IA

    New Mexico....................  Boulder, CO

    Texas.........................  Dallas, TX

Western:

    Alaska, American Samoa, Guam,   Salem, OR

     Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon,

     Northern Mariana Islands, and

     Washington.

    Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and  Boulder, CO

     Utah.

    California....................  Alameda, CA

    Montana, North Dakota, South    Minneapolis, MN

     Dakota, and Wyoming.

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                                 IMPORTS

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IFO:

    New York, NY (#2).............  Albany, NY

    Philadelphia, PA (#3).........  Philadelphia, PA

    Miami, FL (#6)................  Atlanta, GA

    Long Beach, CA (#8)...........  Alameda, CA

    Tacoma, WA (#9)...............  Salem, OR

    Detroit, MI (#10).............  Madison, WI

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[FR Doc. 98-34358 Filed 12-30-98; 10:17 am]

BILLING CODE 3410-DM-P