The Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued two new notices related to animal handling at processing plants. Summations of both notices follow:

Notice 16-08 is a re-issuance of Notice 14-08, providing additional information in the documentation section and instructions about how inspectors should document Humane Activities Tracking System (HATS) activities. Specifically, the notice includes a new bullet that reads, "Immediately take any necessary regulatory control action to prevent continued egregious inhumane handling" for situations where there are egregious humane handling noncompliances.

Notice 17-08 announces that, as of March 10, inspection program personnel assigned to federally inspected livestock slaughter establishments are to significantly increase the time spent verifying humane handling regulatory requirements and document those verification activities in HATS. Inspection personnel are to increase their HATS activities a minimum of 50 percent and up to 100 percent, depending on the type of livestock being slaughtered. Increased HATS activities will continue until May 6, 2008.

For a more complete look at the FSIS notices, follow this link.


Source: FSIS,