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Small & Very Small Plants
Small plant owners and operators can use this page to find information about FSIS policies, technical assistance,and answers to common questions from small plants across the country.
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Learn more on USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass site.
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Learn how to enroll and use this web-based system for approval of meat, poultry, and egg product labels.
For More Information Regarding Small and Very Small Plant Outreach
FSIS has assembled food safety resources designed to assist small and very small plants with their HACCP programs. For related information see the HACCP/Pathogen Reduction Resources and Information page.

For More Information on FSIS Programs, Activities, and Initiatives
Topics of interest to owners and operators of small meat and poultry plants are covered in this 4-page, full-color monthly newsletter. Get help, in plain language, translating FSIS rules and regulations into daily operational practices. Also visit the News Releases page for recent announcements.

For More Information Regarding Compliance Assistance
Use this as your first resource in maintaining compliance with FSIS policies.  This section includes information on compliance and HACCP guides, the humane interactive knowledge exchange (HIKE), the interactive knowledge exchange (IKE), labeling guidance and  new technologies.
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Use our interactive question and answer tool to ask an inspection-related question. (Note: Our Common Questions pages are still available and cover a wide range of topics such as foodborne pathogens and disease, labeling and export, policy issuances, food science and safe food handling.)

For More Information Regarding Export Requirements
Learn what requirements are necessary for exporting your products to other countries including packaging, labeling and other special conditions.

For More Information Regarding FSIS Directives
FSIS Directives contain instructions of an indefinite duration.

For More Information Regarding FSIS Notices
FSIS Notices are temporary instructions that are scheduled to expire no later than 1 year from the issuance date

Last Modified: July 24, 2012



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