Implementation of the New Title V Interstate Meat Shipment Program


Date Sent
October 7, 2008
Title V Implementation
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October 7, 2008

Elizabeth (Beth) Johnson,  Acting Under Secretary of Food Safety
U.S. Department of Agriculture
14th & Independence Avenue, S.W.
Room 227-E, Whitten Building
Washington, D.C. 20250

Alfred Almanza, Administrator
Food Safety and Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
14th & Independence Avenue, S.W.
Room 331-E, Whitten Building
Washington, D.C. 20250

Dear: Ms. Johnson and Mr. Almanza:

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and our affiliate organization, the National Association of State Meat and Food Inspection Directors (NASMFID), are pleased to provide you with comments on USDA-FSIS implementation of the new Title V interstate meat program contained in the 2008 Farm Bill.

We support the program and hope it will provide better market opportunities for producers and processors. These comments are a follow-up from our meeting on July 10 with Under Secretary Dr. Richard Raymond and senior FSIS officials in which we expressed our interest to provide early input and assistance as the agency develops rules for the new Title V program. We also plan to submit additional comments when the agency officially issues proposed rules which we understand will occur in early 2009.

Attached are detailed comments on some of the key issues and questions that we believe need to be addressed, and recommendations on how the states would like to see the program work. NASDA and NASMFID strongly believe that the Title V program must be implemented and administered as a cooperative partnership between the states inspection programs and FSIS. We look forward to working with you throughout the implementation process and would be pleased to meet with you to discuss any details or questions regarding our comments.

Ron Sparks
NASDA President
Commissioner, Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries

cc:  Phillip Derfler, Assistant Administrator, Office of Policy, Program & Employee Development (OPPED)
FAX: (202) 720-2025

William C. "Bill" Smith, Assistant Administrator, Office of Program Evaluation, Enforcement & Review (OPEER)
FAX: (202) 720-9893

Terri Nintemann, Assistant Administrator, Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education (OPACE)
FAX: (202) 720-3522