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U.S. Issues Livestock, Poultry Surveillance Camera Guide

Guide provides information help maintain compliance with federal regulations, including humane treatment of livestock and the use of good commercial practices in poultry.

The U.S government is making available a compliance guide on the use of video or other electronic monitoring or recording equipment to provide security for livestock and poultry and to ensure the humane treatment of the animals.

On Aug. 31, 2011, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) posted a Federal Register notice—Availability of Final Compliance Guide for the Use of Video or Other Electronic Monitoring or Recording Equipment in Federally Inspected Establishments—saying the compliance guide became effective on that date.

The final guidance is based on a draft guide on the use of video or other electronic monitoring or recording equipment in federally inspected establishments that was issued by the FSIS on Oct. 15, 2010.

The compliance guide provides information to industry to help it maintain compliance with federal regulations, including humane treatment of livestock and the use of good commercial practices in poultry. FSIS is providing the guide to advise establishments that video or other electronic monitoring or recording equipment can be used in federally inspected establishments.

The guide informs establishments of the agency’s expectations if they decide to use this type of equipment to create records to meet the requirements of hazard and sanitation regulations. In addition, this guide provides information on issues establishments should consider if they use this equipment for any other purpose, such as their food defense plans.

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