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USDA/FSIS RIN: 0583-AD86 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Internet Access at Official Establishments  

The Food Safety and Inspection Service is amending the Federal meat, poultry, and egg product inspection 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. 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: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 9 CFR 307    9 CFR 350    9 CFR 352    9 CFR 354    9 CFR 362    9 CFR 381    9 CFR 533    9 CFR 590    9 CFR 592   
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
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/02/2021  86 FR 12122   
NPRM Comment Period End  05/04/2021 
Final Action  11/00/2023 
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:
Melissa Hammar
Director, Regulations Development Staff
Department of Agriculture
Food Safety and Inspection Service
1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250-3700
Phone:202 286-2255