FSIS Revises Directive on Poultry Inspection

US - USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has devised its directive covering ante-mortem and post-mortem poultry inspection.
calendar icon 7 May 2009
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USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued Directive 6100.3, Revision 1. This directive instructs Public Health Veterinarians (PHVs) and off-line and on-line inspection programme personnel on how to perform ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection of poultry and of the conditions under which the birds are processed.

It states that the sections 9A and 9B of the Meat and Poultry Inspection Manual on poultry are cancelled.

It also instructs PHVs on how to make dispositions for some poultry diseases post-mortem and how to document the findings.

FSIS emphasises that it is reissuing the directive to clarify that the name of an on-line inspector is to appear on the Lot Tally Sheet.

The revision clarifies that the FSIS on-line inspector does not have to sign the FSIS Form 6000-16, the Lot Tally Sheet. Her/his name can be written in or be applied by computer stamp.

This directive also:

  • describes the ante mortem inspection procedures for poultry
  • addresses the verification activities related to good commercial practices
  • sets out the post mortem inspection procedures
  • provides supplemental information regarding diseases and conditions
  • explains how inspection program personnel inspect airsacculitis salvage operations
  • sets out how PHVs verify evisceration line speed process control, and
  • provides the documentation procedures for findings made during post mortem poultry inspection.

Further Reading

- You can view the revised directive by clicking here.
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