National Pork Producers Council Supports New Inspection Program, Suggests Changes To Rule

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National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) reports:

NPPC last week submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (NSIS) rule, which would give packing plant personnel greater responsibility for food safety tasks and allow USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) employees to do more focused inspection.

In its comments, NPPC expressed support for expansion and improvement of the current Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP)-based Inspection Models Project pilot program that has been in place at five pork plants for almost 20 years. The NSIS, said NPPC, will enhance food safety, humane handling and better utilize FSIS and industry resources.

The organization did recommend some technical changes to the rule, and that plants operating under NSIS be exempt from current line speed limits. Plants should have flexibility with line speeds and plant layouts as they relate to sorting and inspection practices, said NPPC.

That will allow facilities to better utilize their resources. The NSIS rule is expected to be finalized later this year.

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