A Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network webinar, presented in collaboration with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program, authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill and launched by USDA-FSIS in 2012, allows state-inspected meats from qualifying plants to be shipped across state lines. The goal of the program is to expand market opportunities for small meat and poultry processors.
Ohio, Wisconsin, and North Dakota were the first three states to qualify, and Indiana is working on it. On this webinar, we heard from state inspection program directors, processors, and others about their experiences with the program so far and what it took to qualify. An official from FSIS provided background on the CIS program.
- Keith Payne, Deputy Director, Outreach and Partnership Division, USDA FSIS: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pam Ogasawara, Program Manager, Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program, USDA FSIS: email@example.com
- Dr. W. Michael Hockman, Chief, Division of Meat Inspection, Ohio Department of Agriculture
- Joe Vinciguerra, Owner, Lou’s Sausage, Cleveland, Ohio
- Keith Gritt, Wyttenbach Meats, Prairie du Sac, WI
- Dr. Robert Maddock, Associate Professor, North Dakota State University
- Dr. David Bough, Director, Meat and Poultry Inspection Division, Indiana Board of Animal Health
All NMPAN webinars are free of charge and open to the public.
To learn about upcoming webinars, join NMPAN from our home page: www.nichemeatprocessing.org.