Southwest Meat Association (SMA) is a leading meat and poultry trade organization representing packers and processors all over the United States. SMA is an organization created to make a difference for its members by initiating opportunities, resolving problems, and thus helping our member companies to earn a reasonable return on their investment.
HACCP Training & Consulting
Upcoming Virtual Meetings:
National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) Public Meeting
The National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) will meet virtually on September 27 and 28, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST each day. Read more
Revised Guideline For Meal Kit Product Labeling
African Swine Fever Closing In On The United States, Now in Haiti
Haiti has reported an outbreak of African swine fever to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The OIE report, dated Monday, said the outbreak began Aug. 25 in the city of Anse-à-Pitre, near the border with the Dominican Republic, where ASF was confirmed in July. Read more.
Lawmakers Ask For $75 Million To Protect The United States Against African Swine Fever
Seven lawmakers are urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to include $75 million in the next appropriations bill for protections against African Swine Fever. Read more.
What Federal Contractors Need To Know About The Biden Administration’s Vaccine Mandate
On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced an executive order (EO) that expands upon the administration’s goals of requiring both federal employees and contractors and subcontractors working in connection with federal contracts to receive a vaccine against COVID-19. The new requirements are much more aggressive than the administration’s safety protocols previously issued on July 29, which only required verification of vaccination status or testing for government employees and onsite contractors. Read more.
USDA Announces $700 Million to Support Meat Workers with COVID Costs
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Sept. 7 that it plans to invest $700 million in competitive grant funding that will be available in its new Farm and Food Workers Relief (FFWR) program. The agency said it was designed to help farm and meatpacking workers with pandemic-related health and safety costs. Read more.
FSIS Reductions to the Cost of Overtime Fees
As part of the American Rescue Plan Act, which was signed into law on March 11, 2021, FSIS received $100 million to reduce the cost of overtime and holiday inspection fees for small and very small plants. The fee reductions are retroactive to October 11, 2020 for establishments who apply and are approved by March 14, 2022. The reduced rates will be offered through fiscal year 2030, or until all funds are expended.
On July 15, FSIS published Federal Register notice 2021-15011 that provides background information and details concerning how the agency will be reducing fees for small and very small plants. Eligible establishments can fill out the Overtime/Holiday Rate Reduction Form and send it to their appropriate district office. When establishments are approved to receive the rate reduction, credits will be issued on the following month’s account statement for fees charged back to October 11, 2020.
When credits are issued on the account statements, establishments can choose to have the credits applied to future billings or request a refund. If establishments choose to leave the credits on their accounts, no action is required. Accounts will automatically deduct the current charges shown on future account statements from the account balance reflected as the total amount due. If an establishment would like a refund, it should call 515-334-2000 and press option 1, or email FSIS.Billing@usda.gov to make an official request for refund. Establishments can also request receiving their account statements via email by using the phone number or email address above. These instructions are also included with the monthly account statements.
USDA Seeks Comments on Labeling Meat and Poultry Products Derived from Animal Cells
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is publishing this advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) to request comments pertaining to the labeling of meat and poultry products comprised of or containing cultured cells derived from animals subject to the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA; 21 U.S.C. 601 et. seq.) or the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA; 21 U.S.C. 451 et seq.). Read more
United States Roundtable For Sustainable Beef Rolls Out Beef Sustainability Modules for Packers & Processors
The sustainability modules series is the first of its kind for the beef industry. These packer and processor sector modules are the fourth set in the series aimed at supporting actions that can improve the sustainability of operations and businesses throughout the entire U.S. beef value chain. Read more.