[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 102 (Friday, May 25, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 24275-24276]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-11299]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2018-0006]


Availability of FSIS Guideline for Determining Whether a
Livestock Slaughter or Processing Firm Is Exempt From the Inspection
Requirements of the Federal Meat Inspection Act

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing
the availability of and requesting comments on a guideline for
businesses that slaughter livestock or process meat and meat food
products on the exemptions to the inspection requirements of the
Federal Meat Inspection Act. The guideline explains each of the
exemptions, when they apply, and which FSIS regulatory requirements
must still be met.

DATES: Submit Comments on or before July 24, 2018.

ADDRESSES: A downloadable version of the guideline is available to view
and print at https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulatory-compliance/compliance-guides-index once copies of the
guideline have been published.
    FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this
guideline. Comments may be submitted by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: This website provides the
ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on this
web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions at that site for
submitting comments.
     Mail, including CD-ROMs, etc.: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S.
Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 1400
Independence Avenue SW, Mailstop 3758, Room 6065, Washington, DC 20250-
3700.
     Hand- or courier-delivered submittals: Deliver to 1400
Independence Avenue SW, Room 6065, Washington, DC 20250-3700.
    Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must
include the Agency name and docket number FSIS-2018-0006. Comments
received in response to this docket will be made available for public
inspection and posted without change, including any personal
information, to http://www.regulations.gov.
    Docket: For access to background documents or comments received,
call (202) 720-5627 to schedule a time to visit the FSIS Docket Room at
1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 6065, Washington, DC 20250-3700.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Roberta Wagner, Assistant
Administrator, Office of Policy and Program Development; Telephone:
(202) 205-0495.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    FSIS is the public health regulatory agency responsible for
ensuring that meat, poultry, and egg products are safe, wholesome, and
correctly labeled and packaged. For meat or meat food products, FSIS
requires continuous inspection in the case of slaughter and at least
daily inspection for processing, unless an exemption applies. The
exemptions are located in the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) (21
U.S.C. 623 and 661) and in FSIS's regulations (9 CFR 303.1).
    This guideline describes each of the exemptions, to whom they
apply, and which FSIS regulatory requirements must still be met. It
also provides updated information on emerging business models and
trends in procurement, and sales, and distribution. Generally,
livestock slaughtered or processed by the owner or that which is custom
slaughtered for use by the owner and his or her family or non-paying
guests are exempt from FSIS's inspection requirements. Also exempt from
inspection are businesses that meet FSIS's definitions of retail
stores, restaurants, restaurant central kitchens, or caterers.
    Businesses operating under an exemption are not exempt from the
adulteration and misbranding requirements of the FMIA and may be
subject to State or local regulatory requirements. FSIS regulations
requiring recordkeeping, access to places of business, and the
opportunity for examination of facilities, inventory, and records still
apply.
    FSIS encourages interested parties (e.g., those to whom an
exemption may apply) to follow this guideline. This guideline
represents current FSIS thinking, and FSIS will update it as necessary
to reflect comments received and any additional information that
becomes available. FSIS is seeking comments on this guideline as part
of its efforts to continuously assess and improve the effectiveness of
policy documents.

Additional Public Notification

    Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy
development is important. Consequently, FSIS will announce this Federal
Register publication on-line through the FSIS web page located at:
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/federal-register.
    FSIS also will make copies of this publication available through
the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide information
regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal Register
notices, FSIS public meetings, and other types of information that
could affect or would be of interest to our constituents and
stakeholders. The Update is available on the FSIS web page. Through the
web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much broader, more
diverse audience. In addition, FSIS offers an email subscription
service which provides automatic and customized access to selected food
safety news and information. This service is available at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/subscribe. Options range from recalls to export
information, regulations, directives, and notices. Customers can add or
delete subscriptions themselves, and have the option to password
protect their accounts.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

    No agency, officer, or employee of the USDA shall, on the grounds
of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual
orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status,
income derived from a public assistance program, or political beliefs,
exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject to
discrimination any person in the United States under any program or
activity conducted by the USDA.

How To File a Complaint of Discrimination

    To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program
Discrimination Complaint Form, which may be accessed online at http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Complain_combined_6_8_12.pdf, or write a letter signed by you or your
authorized representative.
    Send your completed complaint form or letter to USDA by mail, fax,
or email:

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    Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of
Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410.
    Fax: (202) 690-7442.
    Email: [email protected].
    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for
communication (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), should contact
USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    Done, at Washington, DC.
Paul Kiecker,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2018-11299 Filed 5-24-18; 8:45 am]
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