New compliance guidelines published for pig-harvesting facilities

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has published new compliance guidelines for controlling Salmonella in hog slaughter facilities in the Federal Register.

According to an article in Food Safety News, the agency stated that "the guidance provides information on best practices that may be applied at hog slaughter facilities to prevent, eliminate or reduce levels of Salmonella on hogs at all stages of slaughter and dressing. FSIS is seeking public comment on the guidance, which is said to represent the agency's current thinking on preventing Salmonella contamination at hog slaughter facilities."

Sources at FSIS explain they are issuing the guidance because "pork has recently been implicated in a number of Salmonella outbreaks. The plan lists a number of actions FSIS intends to take to reduce Salmonella-related illnesses from FSIS regulated products, pursuant to the agency's Salmonella Action Plan."

A 60-day comment period is being provided for this guidance document. The document may be updated in response to comments received before the comment deadline.

FSIS has posted the information at

Comments can be submitted online, by mail or by hand-delivery:

Federal eRulemaking Portal

Mail, including CD-ROMs, etc.: Send to Docket Room Manager, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Patriots Plaza 3, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Mailstop 3782, Room 8-163B, Washington, D.C., 20250-3700.

Hand- or courier-deliver submittals: deliver to Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E. St., SW, Room 8-163B, Washington, D.C., 20250-3700.