The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the State of Oregon have entered into a cooperative agreement, under which the state inspection program may inspect meat products destined to be shipped in the state.
Under the cooperative agreement, the state inspection program must develop, administer and enforce requirements “at least equal” to those imposed under the federal Meat Inspection Act (LIMF).
“Today’s announcement with Oregon will help strengthen our nation’s food system and prevent supply chain bottlenecks,” said USDA Deputy Assistant Secretary, Sandra Eskins. “This program is beneficial for small meat and poultry processors in building their local and national markets.”
With the addition of Oregon, 28 states now have state inspection programs. In states with inspection programs, establishments have the option of seeking federal or state inspection, but products manufactured under state inspection are restricted to intrastate commerce. The US Department of Agriculture’s FSIS provides up to 50 percent of state operating funds, as well as training and other assistance.
States are key partners in FSIS, and formal working relationships are reflected in cooperative agreements between FSIS and relevant state agencies. National Meat and Poultry Inspection (MPI) programs are an integral part of the national food safety system with approximately 1,900 small and very small meat and poultry establishments inspected under national MPI programs. FSIS provides guidance to states’ MPI programs under these agreements, reviews each state’s MPI program and its requirements and activities at least annually, and provides approximately $60 million annually to support the programs. States MPI currently in progress.
In addition to Oregon, FSIS has signed state inspection agreements with Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia , West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
For more information on state inspection programs, visit https://www.fsis.usda.gov/inspection/state-inspection-programs
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