Meat industry petitions to amend HACCP regulations
5/17/2000-The U.S. Department of Agriculture's
Food Safety and Inspection Service has received
a petition from several meat and poultry
trade associations to amend sections of the
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point
(HACCP) regulations. The petition recommends
that FSIS recognize prerequisite programs,
such as good manufacturing practices, as
components of the HACCP system. It suggests
changing some definitions contained in the
HACCP regulations such as "hazard,"
"hazard analysis," "severity,"
and "shipped." Furthermore, the
petitioners request amending the regulations
to provide that a HACCP system be found inadequate
only when adulterated product has been shipped.
The petition was signed by the American Meat
Institute, American Association of Meat Processors,
National Chicken Council, National Food Processors
Association, National Meat Association, National
Turkey Federation, and the North American
Meat Processors. FSIS will accept comments
from all interested persons. The text of
the petition is printed in Tuesday's Federal
Register notice which can be accessed through
the FSIS website.