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How to Appeal an Inspection Decision

If you are a meat processor, and you believe your inspector has given you an “NR” or noncompliance record that is unwarranted or an  error, you have the right to appeal the inspector’s decision.  Many processors are hesitant to appeal, … Continue reading

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NACMPI is Seeking Nominations – Learn More and Apply

A Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network webinar                Date: May 15, 2014 Duration: 30 minutes   All NMPAN webinars are free and open to the public. Overview The National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) is … Continue reading

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Meat Processor Financial Assistance

Five Financial Assistance Programs that Work   Many financial assistance programs at the state and federal levels will not work for small meat processors. If we had a dollar for every program out there that we were told could help … Continue reading

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Finding Directives

Adapted from Volume 3, Number 11 of Small Plant News As a small plant operator, you probably already know that FSIS issues directives to provide official communications and instruction to Agency personnel in carrying out their functions. These directives are … Continue reading

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Cooperative Interstate Shipment: How’s It Working Out?

A Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network webinar, presented in collaboration with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.   Date: February 4, 2014 Duration: 1 hour   The Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program, authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill and launched by USDA-FSIS in 2012, allows … Continue reading

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Microbiology for Meat Processors

What’s on this page?  A basic understanding of microbiology can really help as you develop food safety and HACCP plans.  This page has a few resources to get you started as well as some suggested anti-microbial interventions for small plants.  What … Continue reading

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USDA-FSIS on MSUs

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, as part of its assistance and outreach to small and very small plants, offers several resources for MSU operators, to help with regulatory compliance.   Considerations Unique to Mobile Red Meat Slaughter Building and … Continue reading

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How to use the FSIS Web Site

This page overviews resources available on the USDA-FSIS Small & Very Small Plants Web Page. In addition to those explained here, other resources exist, such as Resources to assist with compliance askFSIS Export/import information Indexes for FSIS Directives and Notices. … Continue reading

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Food Safety Assessments: what they are & how to prepare

  What’s an FSA? A Food Safety Assessment (FSA), done randomly or in response to a problem, is an audit done by FSIS at federally inspected plants to assure that food safety procedures are effective. According to FSIS, a central … Continue reading

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Find a Meat Processor Near You or List Your Plant

  FSIS Database of Federally Inspected Plants USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service provides a list, in pdf, of federally inspected processing establishments: FSIS Meat, Poultry, and Egg Product Inspection Directory. If you have a current copy of Adobe Acrobat, … Continue reading

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