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Compliance/Enforcement

This page provides information to producers and agricultural businesses to help them maintain compliance with federally defined regulations for their establishments.

Regulatory Compliance

Access compliance guidelines and information, arranged by topic, to help establishments maintain compliance with FSIS regulations and policies.

Enforcement

FSIS verifies that amenable product, which includes Siluriformes fish and Siluriformes products, in U.S. commerce (outside of the federally inspected facility) are wholesome, are not adulterated, and are properly marked, labeled, and packaged. Such in-commerce locations include where amenable products are stored, held, transported, sold, offered for sale or transportation, imported, or exported. As necessary, FSIS will investigate apparent violations, food safety incidents, or other allegations or incidents involving Siluriformes fish or Siluriformes fish products. Such violations include producing Siluriformes fish products without the benefit of FSIS inspection.

When violations of the FMIA or regulations are alleged or detected, FSIS program employees control or detain adulterated, misbranded, or other violative products in commerce; investigate allegations, violations, or food safety incidents; collect, maintain, and secure evidence; and document investigative reports to support Agency decisions, investigative findings, and enforcement or legal actions. FSIS has the legal authority to take criminal, civil, or administrative enforcement actions against firms and individuals for violations of the FMIA or regulations.

  • FSIS’ Office of Office of Investigation, Enforcement and Audit (OIEA) reviews all applications for grants of inspection to determine if responsibly connected individuals have prior felony or multiple misdemeanor convictions (which may make them ineligible for a grant).
  • During the 18-month transitional period that ends September 1, 2017, FSIS’ Office of Field Operations and OIEA Investigators will:
    • Conduct educational outreach at firms and facilities that store or transport Siluriformes fish or fish products as part of their in-commerce surveillance activities;
    • Give Siluriformes fish entities the opportunity to bring their operations into full compliance with the new regulations;
    • Enforce adulteration and species labeling in commerce, including if from an inspected source;
    • Will investigate and document violations.
  • By the end of the 18-month transitional period, farms and transporters that supply fish to official establishments must register with FSIS using FSIS Form 5021-1, Registration of Meat and Poultry Handlers (9 CFR 550.5).
  • Besides those farms and transporters, other handlers of Siluriformes fish and fish products (domestic broker, public warehouseman, import broker, wholesaler, renderer, and animal food manufacturer) also need to register.
  • Anyone already registered that also handles Siluriformes fish and fish products must reregister to include that product type.

 

Last Modified May 26, 2017