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Panel Upholds Dismissal of Foster Farms Humane Labeling Lawsuit

A panel of California state judges has upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a proposed class action alleging Foster Farms misleads customers with its American Humane Association certification labels. The panel held that the claims were preempted under the Poultry Products Inspection Act because the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection System approved the labels.

USDA Seeks Public Input on Data Collection from Poultry Slaughterhouses

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced its intention to request a new information collection for poultry Finished Product Standards (FPS) under the Poultry Products Inspection Act. Since 1987, FSIS regulations have required that processed birds meet FPS standards before and after chilling to better ensure consistent production quality. Annually, FSIS collects responses from eighty poultry slaughter plants and is seeking public input on whether the ongoing information collection is necessary for FSIS functions, as well as ways that it could be improved. Comments are due on or before April 29, 2022.

9th Circuit Upholds California’s Ban on Sales of Foie Gras with Limited Exception

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld California’s ban on the sales of foie gras, holding that the prohibition is neither preempted by the federal Poultry Products Inspection Act nor unconstitutional under the dormant Commerce Clause. In its decision, the Ninth Circuit also affirmed that the sales ban does not prohibit Californians from ordering foie gras from out-of-state suppliers for personal consumption.

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Proposes Regulatory Change Relating to Condemnation of Disease-Afflicted Poultry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that it is proposing to amend the poultry products inspection regulations to rescind several regulations related to the inspection and condemnation of poultry carcasses affected with any form of avian leukosis complex, a group of leukemia-like diseases. FSIS is accepting public comments through May 13, 2022.

USDA Intends to Re-Establish Meat and Poultry Inspection Advisory Committee

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published notice of its intent to re-establish its National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection for a period of two years. The committee’s purpose is to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on state and federal meat and poultry programs and other matters that fall within the scope of the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Poultry Products Inspection Act.

FSIS Announces Virtual Meeting of National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection

The Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced a virtual meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI). At the meeting, “FSIS will present two sets of charges to the Committee: (1) To consider how FSIS should clarify the Agency’s positions on the custom and retail exemptions to ensure that meat, poultry, and egg products produced under the exemptions are safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged and (2) to consider actions FSIS should take to prevent and reduce illnesses associated with the handling or consumption of frozen, raw, stuffed not ready-to-eat (NRTE) poultry products, which may be breaded and par-fried and may appear ready-to-eat (RTE) to consumers.” The meeting will take place on September 27 and 28.

Congress Considers Allowing Interstate Internet Sales of Some State-Inspected Animal Products

House Bill 547 proposes to amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Poultry Products Inspection Act to allow some retail and restaurant establishments to sell over the internet and ship state-inspected meat and poultry products directly to household consumers.