FSIS NOTICE 13-06 3/3/06
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ANTE-MORTEM INSPECTION OF HORSES AS A
VOLUNTARY REIMBURSABLE SERVICE
NOTE: This Notice is not to be implemented until March 10, 2006.
This notice provides instructions to inspection program personnel
regarding the performance of ante-mortem inspection of horses as a
voluntary, reimbursable service. The inspection activities to be
performed in the ante-mortem inspection of horses have not changed.
Section 794 of the FY 2006 Appropriations Act states that, effective
120 days after the date of its enactment (March 10, 2006), none of
the FY 2006 appropriated funds may be used to pay the salaries or
expenses of the inspection program personnel that conduct ante-
mortem inspection of horses.
Post-mortem inspection and other inspection activities authorized by
the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) at official establishments
that slaughter horses will continue to be paid for with appropriated
funds, except for overtime or holiday inspection services.
APPLICABLE REQUIREMENTS FOR ANTE-MORTEM INSPECTION OF HORSES FOR
OFFICIAL ESTABLISHMENTS THAT SLAUGHTER HORSES
On February 8, 2006, FSIS published an interim final rule, Ante-
Mortem Inspection of Horses. Under the interim final rule, an
official establishment that wishes to slaughter horses is to apply
for voluntary ante-mortem inspection according to 9 CFR 352.3. Such
establishments must pay the applicable base time, overtime, and
holiday rates for ante-mortem inspection in accordance with 9 CFR
352.5 and must meet all applicable requirements in 9 CFR 352.8 and
352.9 to receive voluntary ante-mortem inspection. Under 9 CFR
352.8, such establishments are required to notify the District
Manager or designee, in advance, of the hours when ante-mortem
inspection is desired and are required to provide inspection program
personnel access at all times to every part of the official
establishment. Under 9 CFR 352.9, official establishments that
slaughter horses and request voluntary ante-mortem inspection as a
reimbursable service are to complete FSIS Form 5200-6,
Application/Approval for Voluntary Reimbursable Inspection Service.
FSIS can deny or withdraw ante-mortem inspection services at horse
slaughter establishments for any applicable reason under 9 CFR 352.6.
All requirements in the regulations authorized by the FMIA that
pertain to official establishments that slaughter horses will
continue to apply.
INSPECTION PROGRAM PERSONNEL INSPECTION ACTIVITIES
Inspection program personnel are to continue to conduct all
inspection activities, including ante-mortem inspection, in
accordance with the requirements of the FMIA and applicable Federal
meat inspection regulations, including regulations pertaining to
humane handling. Therefore, the official marks and devices used to
identify federally-inspected and passed horse carcasses and parts of
horse carcasses, and horse meat food products will continue to be
those set forth in 9 CFR 312.3.
FEES AND CHARGES
Fees for ante-mortem inspection of horses will be charged for the
time required to render the service, including travel time used in
connection with providing the service. Reimbursable charges will be
recorded on FSIS Form 5110-1, Services Rendered, by the FSIS
employee as described in FSIS Directive 5110.1. Fees are charged and
collected for ante-mortem inspection service in accordance with 9
CFR 352.5 at the rates specified in 9 CFR 391.2 and 391.3
(respectively) for base time and for overtime, including Saturdays,
Sundays and holidays. A separate FSIS Form 5110-1 will be required
to record the billable reimbursable services for the ante-mortem
inspection of horses.
A new Program Code (formally Management Code) is being established
for each plant requesting ante-mortem inspection of horses services.
These program codes must be used for all expenses associated with
the ante-mortem inspection services. Each inspector performing these
services must use the new program code on their Time and Attendance
(T&A) Reports, FSIS Form 5110-1, Travel Vouchers, SF-1164 (Claim for
Reimbursement) for all time that they spend on ante-mortem
inspection. Any other associated charges for direct use supplies in
ante-mortem inspection must also be charged to the appropriate
program code. The following program codes have been established for
Fiscal Year 2006:
5652K16 - Beltex - Ante-Mortem Horse Insp-T
5652k26 - Dallas Crown - Ante-Mortem Horse Insp-T
5722K16 - Cavel International - Ante-Mortem Horse Insp-T
Philip S. Derfler /s/
Office of Policy, Program, and Employee Development
DISTRIBUTION: Inspection Offices; T/A Inspectors; Plant Mgt; T/A
Plant Mgt; TRA; ABB; TSC; Import Offices NOTICE EXPIRES: 4/1/07 OPI: