FSIS Issues New Directive for Imported Meat

US - The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a directive on verifying requirements for pre-stamping of imported meat and poultry.
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FSIS has issued Directive 9500.4, Pre-Stamping Imported Product, according to American Meat Institute.

The directive provides instruction to import inspection personnel regarding how they are to verify that the requirements for the pre-stamping of imported meat and poultry products are met and the associated procedures are followed.

Upon approval of the pre-stamping procedure, import inspection personnel are to:

  1. Verify that the establishment is performing in accordance with the approved pre-stamping procedure;
  2. Verify that the official inspection legend is legible and does not interfere with other container markings; and
  3. Verify that the import establishment documents are completed on a daily basis in the pre-stamping log

Import inspection personnel are to reject lots and notify establishment management orally regarding the suspension of pre-stamping activity when the establishment fails to comply with the provisions of the approved pre-stamping procedure.

Further Reading

- You can view the directive by clicking here.
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