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WA S H I N G T O N

State-to-state shipping
Vermont became the most recent
state to sign a Cooperative Interstate
Shipment Agreement (CIS) with the
Food Safety and Inspection Service
(FSIS) of the US Department of
Agriculture (USDA).
The agreement will allow the
State of Vermont to operate a CIS
program which gives certain stateinspected plants that comply with
federal inspection requirements
permission to ship their product in
interstate commerce. Without CIS,
a state-inspected plant is limited to
sales within its own borders even if
an adjoining state is just across the
highway or river.
Since the program began, as part
of the 2008 Farm Bill, FSIS has signed
agreements with Indiana, Iowa,
Maine, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio
and Wisconsin.
"This addition to our meat
inspection program will open up new
markets outside the state, creating
new opportunities for Vermont's
agricultural producers and boosting
our state economy," said Vermont
Governor Phil Scott. "The pandemic
has underscored the value of
regionally produced products and
this program will strengthen these
new supply chains while supporting
Vermont businesses."

Vermont will recommend
the CIS program."
establishments for selection by FSIS
Another economic benefit is that
for participation in the CIS program.
CIS plants, in addition to selling
FSIS will verify that the establishments product across state lines and via
comply with all federal
online mail order outside of the
requirements, including
state, are eligible to export.
sanitation performance
States without a CIS program
The CIS program
standards, developing
cannot participate in
is limited to
written Sanitation
export opportunities.
establishments that
Standard Operating
Ongoing FSIS oversight
employ fewer than
Procedures (SSOPs)
includes
verification that
25 individuals.
and writing a Hazard
each CIS establishment
Analysis Critical Control
continues to meet all
Point (HACCP) plan.
federal requirements, such as
The CIS program is limited
submission, approval and use of
to plants located in the 27 states that
FSIS-approved labels.
have established a Meat and Poultry
"The agency is excited to offer this
Inspection Program (MPI), and
program during these uncertain times
establishments must employ fewer
as an option to our state-inspected
than 25 individuals, FSIS said. State
establishments to expand their
MPI programs must meet several
markets beyond Vermont's borders,"
criteria to demonstrate that the
said Vermont Agriculture Secretary
inspection that it provides to stateAnson Tebbetts. "We believe this
inspected plants will be the "same as"
agreement could add new businesses
the inspection that FSIS provides to
under state inspection, growing our
official federal establishments.
economy and providing jobs."
"FSIS provides on-going oversight
CIS complements the USDA "Know
of the CIS program to ensure that
Your Farmer, Know Your Food"
participating states maintain and
(KYF2) initiative, which emphasizes
operate their 'same as' programs
to consumers the importance
in a manner that complies with
of supporting local growers
all applicable federal statutes and
and producers.
regulations and follows FSIS directives
To find out more about the federal
and notices," USDA said.
regulations a plant must comply with
"FSIS also verifies that selected
in order to be selected into the CIS
establishments in the CIS participating program, go to www.fsis.usda.gov/cis.
state remain eligible to participate in
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"This addition to our meat inspection
program will open up new markets outside
the state, creating new opportunities for
Vermont's agricultural products and boosting
our state economy."


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