Today the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service pre-published a proposed rule on the Modernization of Swine Inspection. North American Meat Institute President and CEO Barry Carpenter released this statement.
“While we will thoroughly review the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) newly published proposal to amend the pork inspection regulations before providing substantive comments to the agency, the North American Meat Institute has long supported adopting science based inspection models that better utilize government resources while maintaining strong food safety standards. The proposed New Swine Slaughter Inspection System has been used as a pilot project in five pork plants for 15 years, and it has proven to be a strong inspection model. Those five pilot plants have produced millions of pounds of safe pork. We look forward to working with the agency as it develops a final rule that maintains a strong level of food safety in the most efficient manner.”
Source: North American Meat Institute