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USDA/FSIS RIN: 0583-AD36 Publication ID: Spring 2010 
Title: Mandatory Inspection of Catfish and Catfish Products 
Abstract: The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-246, sec. 11016), known as the 2008 Farm Bill, amended the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) to make catfish an amenable species under the FMIA. Amenable species must be inspected, so this rule will define inspection requirements for catfish. The regulations will define "catfish" and the scope of coverage of the regulations to apply to establishments that process farm-raised species of catfish and to catfish and catfish products. The regulations will take into account the conditions under which the catfish are raised and transported to a processing establishment. 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 9 CFR ch III, subchapter F (new)     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 21 USC 601 et seq    PL 110-249, sec 11016   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  Final regulations NLT 18 months after enactment of PL 110-246  12/00/2009 
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/00/2010    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Quita Bowman Blackwell
Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Catfish Inspection Program
Department of Agriculture
Food Safety and Inspection Service
1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:202 720-5735
Fax:202 690-1742

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