Directive 5000.6 Performance of the Hazard Analysis Verification (HAV) Task has been published by the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The American Meat Institute says this directive contains instructions that provide a methodology inspection personnel must follow in verifying a plant's Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan is based on consideration of those hazards that are relevant to products the facility makes.
Beginning in October, HAV will first be rolled out by FSIS in a small number of ground poultry plants. The agency will then extend use of the HAV by its inspection personnel to all meat and poultry plants. As a result of this action, plants will not be subject to any new requirements or regulations.