Administrative Enforcement Action Decision-Making and Methodology - Revision 4
- A. The Agency is reissuing this directive to incorporate egg products. On October 29, 2020, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)issued the Egg Products Inspection Regulations. Under these regulations, egg products plants are now subjected to the requirements of 9 CFR part 500, Rules of Practice (ROP). Under 9 CFR 591.1(b), “establishments” also include egg products plants. The Egg Products Inspection Regulations rule has four effective dates. On December 28, 2020, 9 CFR part 500 will become applicable to egg products plants. On October 29, 2021, egg products plants will need to have developed Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (Sanitation SOPs). On October 31, 2022, egg products plants will need to have developed Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans. On October 30, 2023, the Egg Products Inspection Regulations rule will become effective for freeze-dried egg products and egg substitutes. This directive will be implemented for egg products plants on December 28, 2020, when 9 CFR part 500 becomes applicable to egg products plants.
- B. For the purpose of this directive, the term “establishments” will be used to refer to meat and poultry establishments and egg products plants collectively. When the directive is only referring to egg products plants, such as when discussing the implementation of the Egg Products Inspection Regulations rule, then they will still be referred to as egg products plants.
- C. This directive explains the enforcement methodology and decision-making thought process that District Office (DO) personnel are to use to ensure that all actions are supportable and properly documented. This directive describes the responsibilities of DO personnel for documenting and maintaining case files to support administrative enforcement and other actions taken under the authority of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA), Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA), Egg Products Inspection Act (EPIA), and Humane Methods of Slaughter Act (HMSA).
- D. In this directive, the term Enforcement, Investigations, and Analysis Officer (EIAO) also means EIAOtrained Public Health Veterinarians (PHV). The term District Manager (DM) includes both the District Manager and the Deputy District Manager. The term DO refers to the DM or the designee. The term District Veterinary Medical Specialist (DVMS) also includes DVMS-trained PHVs.