New Swine Inspection System

The Situation

Together with the industries it regulates, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) is continually refining its use of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) to promote the safety and wholesomeness of meat products. FSIS initiated the HACCP Inspection Models Project — or HIMP — to better focus its inspection resources and partner with the pork industry to better ensure safe products are entering the marketplace. Based on the success of HIMP, FSIS has proposed a New Swine Inspection System (NSIS). Under the proposed system, packing plants share greater responsibility for ensuring food safety with FSIS inspection staff, ensuring the effectiveness of our food-safety system. Making the NSIS available to all market hog packers will help ensure the continual supply of safe pork products.

NPPC's Position

  • NPPC strongly supports the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety Inspection Service’s (FSIS) proposed New Swine Inspection System (NSIS)
  • This program will increase efficiency and effectiveness of the federal inspection process, allow for the rapid adoption of new food-safety technologies in pork slaughter, and has the potential to increase U.S. harvest capacity
  • NPPC is urging USDA to finalize the NSIS

Fast Facts

  • Currently, five U.S. pork packing plants are participating in an NSIS pilot project; the plants have made significant investments in training and have used their own staff to perform food-safety monitoring functions under continuous verification from FSIS inspection staff
  • NSIS creates an environment where new food-safety technologies can be rapidly incorporated into a facility’s HACCP plan and implemented under federal inspection; there is no rational basis for claims that wider adoption of NSIS will create new animal handling issues or jeopardize the safety of workers
  • NSIS does nothing to alter any FSIS rules related to animal welfare

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