The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced a new outreach plan designed to improve food safety programs at small and very small meat, poultry and egg product plants.
The program features a toll free number and webpage to assist small plants by providing improved access to technical resources, including scientific validation materials and education and training information. In addition, FSIS employees will begin to meet proactively with small and very small plants to obtain more information about their specific needs, the effectiveness of Agency programs designed to assist them and to provide joint training sessions for plant employees and FSIS employees. The initiative also includes increased communication regarding loan programs available through USDA’s Rural Business and Cooperative programs.
Small and very small plants comprise about 90 percent of all federally inspected meat, poultry and egg production plants in the U.S. Small plants employ between 10 and 500 employees and generate more than $2.5 million in annual sales. Very small plants employ fewer than 10 people or generate less than $2.5 million in annual sales.
Source: AMI – American Meat Institute