Comment Period Extended for Proposed Rule on Interstate Shipment
FSIS is extending the comment period for an additional 30 days for its proposed rule to allow interstate shipment of meat and poultry products produced in selected state-inspected establishments.
The proposed rule, Cooperative Inspection Programs: Interstate Shipment of Meat and Poultry Products, was published in the Federal Register on Sept. 16. The proposed rule is a result of the provision stated in the 2008 Farm Bill.
FSIS is now allowing interested parties until Dec. 16 to prepare and submit comments for the proposed rule.
All submissions received must reference docket number FSIS-2008-0039. The proposed rule is posted on the FSIS Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations_&_policies/  2009_Proposed_Rules_Index/index.asp.
Comments may also be sent to the Docket Clerk, USDA, FSIS, Room 2-2127, George Washington Carver Center, 5601 Sunnyside Ave., Beltsville, MD 20705. Submissions can also be made through the Federal e-rulemaking portal at www.regulations.gov .
The transcripts and audio files for the Oct. 27 and Nov. 5 interstate shipment teleconferences have been posted on the FSIS Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/  past_events/index.asp. You can also access the transcripts and other information via FSIS website: www.fsis.usda.gov , and click on News & Events, go to Past Events (2009).