In this public comment on a proposed change in policy by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, I offer strong support for the idea of requiring all meat and poultry plants to provide written responses to noncompliance records, or NR’s, that the Agency’s inspection personnel issue. An NR is the way the Agency documents a plant’s failure to comply with some regulatory requirements. As such, they are akin to when a local health department inspects a restaurant and documents on the inspection form all code-violations found.
The Agency should do more to make all inspection-related documents readily available for public review online. The Agency should increase transparency and accountability around the inspection process.© Food Safety News