USDA Announces Directive on Humane Handling Enforcement MeasuresMonday, August 15, 2011
(American Meat Institute)The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food
Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today
issued a directive with new instructions to its
inspectors about the humane treatment and
slaughter of livestock at FSIS-inspected
facilities. The directive, FSIS Directive
6900.2, Rev. 2, Humane Handling and
Slaughter of Livestock, informs inspection
program personnel (IPP) of the requirements,
verification activities and enforcement actions
for ensuring that the handling and slaughter of
livestock, including disabled livestock and
livestock slaughtered by religious ritual
methods, is humane.
Among the reasons FSIS states for the directive’s reissuance is to:
• Provide a definition of “egregious inhumane handling” and detail the actions that IPP are to take when they find that egregious inhumane handling has occurred; and
• Provide IPP with verification instructions when an establishment has a written animal handling program that incorporates the guidelines in the Federal Register Notice to such an extent that establishment management believes the program rises to the level of a robust systematic approach for humane handling.
FSIS Directive 6900.2 is available in its entirety at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISDirectives/6900.2.pdf.