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FSIS to Streamline Food Safety Rules for Pork

23 March 2016, at 12:00am

US - The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published a proposed rule that would amend, consolidate and streamline existing regulations for meat and poultry products.

The rule would eliminate redundant trichinae control requirements for pork and pork products and consolidate regulations for thermally processed, commercially sterile meat and poultry products, the North American Meat Institute reported.

If finalised, the supplemental proposed rule would remove the provisions for the prescribed treatment of pork products.

FSIS’ Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations require every federally-inspected establishment to identify and control food safety hazards that are reasonably likely to occur, making prescriptive trichinae regulations no longer necessary.

Under this proposed rule, establishments would still be required to control for the risk of trichinae and other parasites.

FSIS’ HACCP regulations require establishments to develop science-based controls for trichinae that are appropriate for the hazards identified for each specific establishment.

FSIS also developed a compliance guide establishments can follow, should this rule become final. Comments on the proposed rule will be due 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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