FSIS' assertion it has the authority to take photographs at regulated establishments is nothing new. But the recent revision has caused many establishments to again question whether the agency truly has the authority to take photographs and what actions can be taken when there is a demand to take them.
What does 2018 have in store for the meat and poultry industry? There is a plethora of issues facing our industry from trade to immigration to recovering from weather events. Below are a few regulatory and legislative issues that may affect the FSIS-regulated industry in 2018.
On Oct. 18, the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) published two Federal Register notices to terminate rulemaking that would have likely resulted in increased litigation against packers for violations of the Packers and Stockyard Act (P&S Act).
Published in November 2015, the FSVP Rule requires importers to verify the food they import into the U.S. meets the same public health standard as food produced domestically, is not adulterated and is not misbranded with respect to allergen labeling.
On May 1, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) began the next phase of its nationwide Raw Pork Products Exploratory Sampling Project (RPPESP). The purpose of the project is to determine the prevalence of pathogens in pork and use this data to “inform food safety policies.”