[Federal Register: July 29, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 145)]

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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 

the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 

notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE



Food Safety and Inspection Service



9 CFR Parts 309, 310, 381, and 417



[Docket No. 98-039N]



 

HACCP-Based Meat and Poultry Inspection Concepts: In-Plant 

Slaughter Inspection Models Study Plan



AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.



ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comments.



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

available for comment a paper describing the plan for evaluating new 

livestock and poultry slaughter inspection models in certain 

establishments operating under Hazard Analysis and Critical Control 

Point (HACCP) systems. The paper was prepared for use by establishments 

slaughtering certain market classes of animals and participating in the 

Agency's HACCP-Based Inspection Models project and by the FSIS project 

team. During this project, FSIS will test and evaluate new approaches 

to fulfilling inspection requirements by plants and FSIS inspectors. 

The project will also test new FSIS food safety and other consumer 

protection activities in transportation and distribution channels. The 

new models are intended to help the Agency determine how best to 

maintain and improve upon the level of protection provided by current 

inspection procedures, and at the same time use its resources more 

effectively. The paper outlines the approaches that will be used by the 

participating establishments and by the FSIS inspectors assigned to 

these plants. The paper also describes the organoleptic and 

microbiological evaluations to be conducted by the FSIS project team.



DATES: To receive full consideration, comments should be received by 

September 28, 1998.



ADDRESSES: The document ``HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project: In-

plant Slaughter'' may be viewed in the FSIS Docket Room, Room 102 

Cotton Annex Building, 300 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20250-3700. 

An electronic version of the document is available on-line at FSIS's 

homepage at ``http://www.fsis.usda.gov.'' Written comments on the 

document may be sent in triplicate to FSIS Docket Clerk, DOCKET #98-

XXXN, Room 102 Cotton Annex Building, 300 12th Street, SW., Washington, 

DC 20250-3700.



FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia F. Stolfa, Assistant Deputy 

Administrator, Office of Policy, Program Development, and Evaluation, 

Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 

Washington, DC 20250-3700; (202) 205-0699.



SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:



Background



    FSIS is conducting a project to develop and test new models for the 

inspection of certain meat and poultry products produced under the 

Agency's ``Pathogen Reduction; Hazard Analysis and Critical Control 

Point Systems'' (PR/HACCP) final rule (61 FR 38806; July 25, 1996). 

FSIS will also test a new in-distribution inspection concept; however, 

the paper described here only concerns the inplant slaughter phase of 

the project. The inspection models project was announced in a June 10, 

1997, Federal Register notice, ``HACCP-Based Meat and Poultry 

Inspection Concepts,'' requesting public comments on the design and 

development of new inspection models for slaughter and processing under 

HACCP systems of young, healthy, uniform animals (62 FR 31553). The 

project has been a subject of discussion at several public meetings 

during the past year.

    The HACCP-Based Inspection Models project is intended to produce a 

flexible, more efficient, fully integrated system of oversight and 

controls. FSIS expects this system of establishment controls and Agency 

oversight and verification, to yield increased food-safety and other 

benefits to consumers. The new system should enable certain 

establishments to better meet their responsibilities under the PR/HACCP 

regulations and permit FSIS to deploy its inspection resources more 

effectively both in-plant and in-distribution.

    In the inspection models for selected market classes that FSIS is 

developing, slaughter process control will be an industry 

responsibility subject to FSIS oversight and verification. The models, 

when refined, should enable FSIS to: (1) maintain and enhance the food-

safety and other consumer protection benefits of the current carcass 

inspection system; (2) effectively and efficiently oversee, evaluate, 

and verify industry implementation of the PR/HACCP regulations; and (3) 

ensure that meat and poultry products are transported and distributed 

under conditions that will not render them adulterated. The project 

will thoroughly test the Agency's ability to achieve these objectives 

using the new models in certain market classes of livestock and birds.

    Establishments participating in the project will carry out food-

safety-related and other consumer protection activities. Establishment 

employees will conduct anatomical and pathological examinations of 

carcasses, and FSIS inspectors will oversee, evaluate, and verify the 

effectiveness and reliability of the establishments' slaughter process 

controls.

    The paper ``HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project: Inplant 

Slaughter'' outlines the establishment process-control responsibilities 

and FSIS inspection activities to be carried out during the in-plant 

phase of the project, and describes the microbial and organoleptic 

evaluation procedures which the project team will carry out.



    Done, at Washington, D.C., July 22, 1998.

Thomas J. Billy,

Administrator.

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