Food Engineering

Regulatory Watch

March 3, 2005


Pay up or else

The IRS is not the only government agency insisting that it be paid. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says it will not provide reimbursable services to establishments that have delinquent accounts and will pursue the collection of debts owed for these services. FSIS charges fees for voluntary reimbursable inspection, certification and identification services provided to establishments, warehouses and importers and exporters of meat, poultry and egg products.



Under the new policy, FSIS will send dunning notices to individuals and establishments that have outstanding balances. If FSIS does not receive full payment within 30 days, a certified letter will be sent. This letter will indicate that if payment in full is not received within 14 days, FSIS will not provide further services until the debt is paid including any interest, penalty and assessed administrative charges.

Eventually FSIS will transfer the delinquent debt to the Department of Treasury.