Instructions On Humane Handling And 28-Hour Law

US - The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued FSIS Notice 06-10: Humane Handling at All Entrances and the 28-Hour Law.
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This notice provides inspection programme personnel (IPP) with instructions to verify that establishments using secondary (or alternative) entrances or pathways to move livestock to slaughter are compliant with the statutory and regulatory requirements for livestock facilities, equipment used to handle livestock and other handling and driving practices. Secondary entrances or pathways (e.g., alleyways, doorways, passageways) are considered to be potential routes of movement to slaughter that differ from the route that the normal livestock population (ante-mortem inspected and passed livestock) follows.

This notice also provides instructions to IPP related to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Twenty-Eight Hour Law. Under the Twenty-Eight Hour Law, transporters are required to stop to provide animals with food, water, and rest. Transporters who have deprived livestock of food, water, or rest for more than 28 hours are in violation of the Twenty-Eight Hour Law.

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