FSIS Issues Updated Directive Relating to Collection of Evidence for Inspections and Investigations

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service published a new directive relating to chain of custody and other evidence collection to be employed during the course of exercising the agency’s broad inspection authority under the Federal Meat Inspection Act, Poultry Products Inspection Act, Egg Products Inspection Act, and Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. The new directive provides specific new guidance on protocols for collection of photographic evidence, investigative samples, and overall evidence retention and disposal.