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Request for Public Comment: Meat Inspection - 2018 Rule Review

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is accepting comments regarding Ohio Administrative Code chapters 901:2-1; 901:2-3; 901:2-6; and 901:2-7. The rule in this package has been reviewed pursuant to Chapter 119 of the Revised Code and are being proposed as follows. The comment period will remain open through October 19, 2018. Comments may be emailed to eComments@agri.ohio.gov or mailed to Legal Section, Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068.

The rules in this package adopt and amend the federal meat inspection regulations of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) pursuant to the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Wholesome Meat Act, and the Livestock Slaughter Act. Pursuant to 918.04 of the Ohio Revised Code, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (Department) shall adopt rules which meet or exceed the federal requirements for meat inspection. The rules set forth in this package update the rules to meet the 2018 federal meat inspection requirements as well as clarify the existing portions of the law to ensure that all interested parties are able to read, understand, and follow the laws. 

Currently, the Department maintains four chapters of Administrative Code rules regarding meat inspection. OAC Chapter 901:2-1 regulates the intrastate production of red meat. OAC Chapter 901:2-3 regulates the intrastate production of poultry products. OAC Chapter 901:2-6 regulates the interstate production of red meat. OAC Chapter 901:2-7 regulates the interstate production of poultry products. 

As a part of the five-year rule review process, the Department elected to combine the interstate and intrastate chapters. This will allow the regulated community to rely on one chapter of rules rather than two. Due to this change, OAC Chapters 901:2-6 and 901:2-7 are proposed to be rescinded. The applicable provisions have been included in 901:2-1 and 901:2-3, respectively.