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USDA/FSIS RIN: 0583-AD86 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: ●Internet Access at Official Establishments  
Abstract:

The Food Safety and Inspection Service is proposing to amend the Federal meat inspection, poultry product, and egg regulations to require establishments that have an Internet connection to provide FSIS access to it for the purposes of conducting and recording inspection verification activities.  Internet service is essential to FSIS personnel for the inspection of meat, poultry, and egg products, given the need to fully employ the FSIS Public Health Information System (PHIS). PHIS assigns inspectors tasks to verify the establishment meets regulatory requirements and to respond to public health incidents promptly.  Inspectors also enter their activities in PHIS.  FSIS views Internet service as a necessary utility, like lighting, heating, and laundry services, that should be provided by establishments as a regulatory condition of receiving inspection.  Similar to the provision that small plants requiring less than one full time inspector need not furnish facilities such as office space, lighting, heat, janitor services, and lockers, FSIS will not require establishments without Internet access to purchase the services or to upgrade services that are not sufficient for FSIS’ use.

 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Regulatory 
CFR Citation: 9 CFR 307.1    9 CFR 381.36    9 CFR 590.136   
Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 601, et seq.    21 U.S.C. 451, et seq.    21 U.S.C. 1031 et. seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Matthew Michael
Director, Issuances Staff
Department of Agriculture
Food Safety and Inspection Service
Office of Policy and Program Development, 1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250-3700
Phone:202 720-0345
Fax:202 690-0486
Email: matthew.michael@fsis.usda.gov