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"At Least Equal To" Guideline for State Meat and Poultry Inspection Programs

Document ID: FSIS-GD-2016-0011
Date of Issuance: November 2016

This guidance document provides information to State Cooperative Inspection programs about the criteria FSIS uses to determine each year whether State Meat and Poultry Inspection (MPI) programs are operating in accordance with requirements that are “at least equal to” the Federal inspection requirements.  This guidance document relates to the parts of the FMIA (21 U.S.C. 661(b)) and the PPIA (21 U.S.C. 454 (b)) that authorize FSIS to cooperate with a single State agency and subordinate governmental unit primarily responsible for the coordination of a State MPI program.

View the "At Least Equal To" Guideline for State Meat and Poultry Inspection Programs


Disclaimer: The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way.  This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.

Last Modified Mar 18, 2020