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Backgrounder

The Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) program promotes the expansion of business opportunities for state-inspected meat and poultry establishments.  Under CIS, state-inspected plants can operate as federally-inspected facilities, under specific conditions, and ship their product in interstate commerce and internationally. Without CIS, a state-inspected plant is limited to sales within its own borders even if an adjoining state is just across the highway or river.

The CIS program is limited to plants located in the 27 states that have established a Meat and Poultry Inspection Program (MPI) and maintain “at least equal to” FSIS regulatory standards.

One major CIS benefit is that a state plant’s day-to-day operations do not drastically or materially change.  The assigned state inspectors under the “at least equal to” program will remain as the plant’s onsite inspectors, provided they have the same training and inspect the plant under the same regulatory standards as their federal counterparts in FSIS-inspected plants.

Another economic benefit is that CIS plants, in addition to selling product across state lines and via online mail order outside of the state, are eligible to export.  States without a CIS program cannot participate in export opportunities. 

The 27 States with “at least equal to” Meat and Poultry Inspection Programs
Figure A: The 27 States with “at least equal to” Meat and Poultry Inspection Programs

 
Additionally, products sold within a CIS program will bear the federal mark of inspection.

Picture of the seal of inspection for the state of Ohio’s cooperative interstate shipment program products Picture of the seal of inspection for the state of Ohio’s cooperative interstate shipment program products
Figure B: Images of the seal of inspection for the state of Ohio’s cooperative interstate shipment program products.


For many larger regional or national retail companies, the USDA seal of inspection is a requirement.  Thus, a plant operating under this program has the opportunity to expand its products’ presence in supermarkets even within its state.  

Last Modified Oct 27, 2017