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Request for Public Comment

Inspection of Catfish Processing Facilities

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

 

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service is seeking public comments on its plan to "... adjust inspection coverage at official establishments that slaughter fish of the order Siluriformes, which include catfish, from all hours of operation to once per production shift ... starting September 1, 2017, the date of full enforcement of the regulatory requirements for fish ... FSIS does not believe that Congress intended for FSIS to inspect the slaughter or slaughter and processing of fish during all hours of an establishment's operations, but instead intended that FSIS inspect fish establishments consistent with how FSIS inspects meat and poultry processing establishments, at least once per production shift ..."

 

The title of the May 16, 2017 USDA FSIS pre-publication Federal Register Final Rule is "Changes to the Inspection Coverage in Official Establishments that Slaughter Fish of the Order Siluriformes"


The title of the December 2, 2015 USDA FSIS Federal Register Final Rule is "Mandatory Inspection of Fish of the Order Siluriformes and Products Derived from Such Fish"


The title of the November 25, 2015 USDA FSIS News Release is "USDA Releases Final Rule Establishing Inspection Program For Siluriformes Fish, Including Catfish; USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service Program Fulfills Requirement of the 2014 Farm Bill"


The title of the February 18, 2011 USDA FSIS News Release is "USDA Announces Proposed Rule for the Inspection of Catfish and Catfish Products"


The title of the February 24, 2011 FSIS Federal Register Proposed Rule is "Mandatory Inspection of Catfish and Catfish Products"

 

The May 16, 2017 USDA FSIS pre-publication Federal Register Final Rule, December 2, 2015 Federal Register Final Rule and February 24, 2011 Proposed Rule were signed on May 12, 2017, November 18, 2015 and on an unspecified date, respectively, by Alfred V. Almanza who is the Acting Administrator of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.

 

May 16, 2017 USDA FSIS pre-publication Federal Register Final Rule:


December 2, 2015 USDA FSIS Federal Register Final Rule


February 24, 2011 USDA FSIS Proposed Rule


November 25, 2015 and February 18, 2011 USDA FSIS News Releases

 

Comments Due By: Within 30 days of May 17, 2017

 

The May 16, 2017 USDA FSIS pre-publication Federal Register Final Rule is posted at:


http://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2017-...


The USDA FSIS Final Rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on May 17, 2017 and will be made available at 
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=FR

 

The December 2, 2015 USDA FSIS Federal Register Final Rule is posted at:


http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-12-02/html/2015-29793.htm

 

The November 25, 2015 USDA FSIS News Release is posted at:


http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/newsroom/news-releases-sta...

 

The January 2015 USDA FSIS Risk Assessment, titled "Assessment of the Potential Change in Human Health Risk associated with Applying Inspection to Fish of the order Siluriformes", is posted at:


http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/63387be5-ca8e-442d-b047-f0...

 

The February 24, 2011 USDA FSIS Proposed Rule is posted at:


http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-3726.htm

 

The February 18, 2011 USDA FSIS News Release is posted at:


http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/NR_021811_01/index.asp

 

Questions may be directed to Rachel Edelstein who is the Deputy Assistant Administrator of the USDA FSIS Office of Policy and Program Development at 202 205 0495; fax: 202 720 2025; e-mail:Rachel.Edelstein@FSIS.USDA.gov

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