Ohio Becomes First State to Join USDA Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program

Thursday, August 9, 2012

(American Meat Institute)

Today, Ohio became the first state to join the Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program created by USDA, as mandated by the 2008 farm bill.  The rule, which became final in April 2011, allows small, state-inspected businesses with 25 or fewer employees to sell meat and poultry products across state lines. Products produced in selected establishments are subject to the same regulatory sampling programs as those established in the Federal inspection program.

 “We are pleased that the rule requires that state-inspected products shipped interstate must be subject to the same regulations and inspection requirements as federally-inspected products,” said AMI Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel Mark Dopp. “Not only is it a matter of fairness, such a requirement ensures that all meat crossing state lines is subject to the highest standards.”

More information on the Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program is available here: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2012/08/0268.xml&contentidonly=true

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