The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing amendments to the federal meat inspection regulations to establish a new inspection system for swine.

The new regulations would apply to hog slaughter establishments that have demonstrated they provide public health protection at least equivalent to the existing systems. These establishments would still be allowed to operate under their existing inspection system.

The agency is also proposing regulation changes that would allow swine slaughter establishments to develop tailored sampling plans, as well as regulations to ensure that food-contact surfaces are sanitary and free of enteric pathogens.

Comments on the proposed changes must be received by April 2. Comments can be submitted electronically at or via mail to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Patriots Plaza 3, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Mailstop 3782, Room 8-163A, Washington, DC 20250-3700.