All Things FSIS


Posts in this category provide background information intended to help readers understand legal underpinnings of inspection

What Can I sell?


A reader asked, “Can I sell fresh meat that I have processed in a USDA or state inspected facility?”  The answer could be ‘Yes’ or ‘No.’ Yes: Meat or poultry product that is not adulterated, is in an immediate package with a proper label, and bears an official mark of inspection, is free to move in commerce.  ‘Move in commerce’ includes sell, transport, offer for...

The Basics: Adulterated


The Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) and Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA) prohibit two product-based conditions: adulterated and misbranded. Of the two, adulterated is the more common basis for FSIS to issue a Noncompliance Record. To defend against such allegations, it is necessary to the understand to what and under what circumstances the term ‘adulterated’ applies. The term...

The Basics: Meat and Poultry Inspection


The Constitution empowers Congress “To regulate Commerce … among the several States…” and Congress exercised that power when it passed the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA), the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA).  After the President signed the statutes into law, the Government Printing Office (GPO) codified them in the United States Code (USC).  The FMIA is codified...

The Words Matter


Lake County v. Rollins On May 13, 1889, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Lake County v. Rollins, 130 U.S. 662 (1889). The Constitution of Colorado of 1876 provided that no county could contract any debt by loan except for certain purposes therein named, and that such indebtedness could not exceed the rate therein named. When Lake County issued warrants in excess of the rate named, Rollins sued...

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